Among possibilities for former Digital Domain building: Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation facility
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
9:11 PM, Jan 8, 2014
6:22 AM, Jan 9, 2014
PORT ST. LUCIE -- Among options being tossed around for the former Digital Domain studio: home to a life sciences company, a new technology hub -- or a new facility for the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, City Council will hold a workshop where City Manager Jeff Bremer will present a rough plan of how the city hopes to market and eventually sell the facility.
After Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy Sept. 11, 2012, city officials have worked to find a new occupant for the 115,000-square-foot Tradition facility built for the movie company.
In a 27-page document
available via the Port St. Lucie website, Bremer includes information on a strategic plan for selling the studio, including a prospect development and marketing proposal from the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.
Bremer also includes a presentation from the city's Parks and Recreation Department discussing the merits of the city maintaining ownership of the building.
Among the Parks and Recreation Department's suggestions for the studio:
• Rehabilitate the two soccer fields currently on the property.
• Install a playground.
• Create a water feature.
• Host day care and summer camps.
• Create a senior center.
• Offer room rentals.
• Create an indoor extreme park that includes a skate park, rock climbing wall and roller and ice skating arenas.
• Offer the space as a hurricane shelter.
• Add basketball and racquetball courts.
If you go
What: Port St. Lucie City Council workshop
When: 9:30 a.m. Friday
Where: Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd.
• The city built the facility by issuing $39.9 million in bonds. About $24 million of that money went toward the design and construction of the studio.
• The city's annual debt payments related to the cost of building the studio are about $3.4 million and come out of the city's operating fund —an account that also pays for staff salaries, police and other city services.
• The city's first lessee for the space is
Exponential Church, which pays $300 a week to use the two theaters for five hours on Sundays.