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New arts district being proposed in Boca Raton

Posted at 6:39 AM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 08:26:43-04

The Boca Raton Arts District Association wants to build a one of a kind, all-inclusive arts district. The organization is going before the city council Tuesday with the official proposal.

The group is hoping to build on 20 acres of undeveloped city-owned land east of the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton. 

A rendering of the proposed $120 million project would include about a 1,000-seat proscenium theatre, a music recital hall, a black box theatre/flex theatre and facility space for local arts organizations.

In addition, the projects would have restaurants, cafes, retail and a hotel. 

A survey earlier this year showed 65 percent of the people surveyed wanted a performing arts center.

Dan Guin, the president of the cultural consortium of Boca Raton and executive director of Boca Ballet Theatre, is leading the charge for this new development. 

He says this is something he has envisioned for more than 20 years.

“It would mean a legacy for all of the arts groups and for all of the ones that have come before me to see the arts grow and thrive and for Boca to really be a cultural tourism capital in this community," said Guin. 

Guin also said this is not only good for the arts but other businesses.

"Other than engaging the community and entertaining them it's helping attract business to this community and really sort of be a cultural economic engine to drive the future of Boca Raton" 

City council is not voting yet on whether they would approve the project but they could decide whether or not they are in favor of such a concept. 

The meeting is open to the public and set to start at 1:30 p.m. at Boca Raton City Hall.

Below is an artist rendering of the complex layout: