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Cornell Museum in Delray Beach's Old School Square to remain closed

Commissioner Juli Casale calls it another missed opportunity for city
Posted at 5:16 PM, Apr 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-08 18:21:24-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — There's more drama for Delray Beach residents concerning Old School Square.

This time it involves the Cornell Museum on the property at the center of the city.

Since the termination of the lease with the nonprofit organization and the city, the museum's doors remain closed.

"Now there's nothing," said Mary Kay Birch, Delray Beach resident. "There are no concerts, the museum is closed, there's no plays going on. That's sad."

At the city commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners discussed a potential partnership that would have the Boca Raton Museum of Art run the Cornell Museum for the next six months for $125,000. However, the proposal was rejected 3 to 2.

Commissioner Ryan Boylston voted no. He said his vote stems from the termination of the lease with Old School Square and the lack of public input.

"It wasn't a 'no' it was a 'not yet,'" Boylston said. "Since the termination of Old School Square back in August, we have not held one public workshop or one public meeting to discuss a plan, a vision, a budget."

Commissioner Juli Casale said it's another missed opportunity for the city.

"The Boca Museum has provided seven decades of cultural and artistic programming to people from around the world," Casale said. "This is disappointing. Art and culture are a big part of our city. It’s a shame."

Residents now feel frustrated, just wanting a decision to be made.

"To me it makes no sense, this building is sitting here," said Birch. "The next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to tear it down. Now it’s just a waiting game to see what happens."

The public will get their chance to comment on Old School Square and the future of the museum at a workshop on May 17. In the meantime, the heart of Delray Beach remains closed.