Next Step in Performing Arts Center Headed to Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE - Efforts to build a performing arts center in Tallahassee are headed to commissioners for approval.

Mayor John Marks and Leon County Commissioner Ed Depuy met with a member of the non-profit group, heading up the effort, asking the city to approve a five year plan so it can buy the land from the city.

The group also requested the county to pay to tear down the old "Johns" building, the land where the art center would be built.

"It's a private sector with private donations stepping up to the plate and raising some money," Depuy said. "It's their turn to show us they really do want to support a performing arts center."

The non-profit group says they're confident they can raise the money needed to build the center.

"It's a big dream," said Jon Moyle, a member of the Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education. "It's a grand vision for our community. I think it would enhance our community considerably."

The new center would cost more than $130 million.