The Palm Coast Arts Foundation has officially started phase one of five for the building of Palm Coast’s new Center for the Arts facility.
Imagine driving down the deserted streets of Palm Coast’s Town Center only a few short years ago with nothing in sight, but manicured sidewalks and acres of empty land. With the rise of the local economy that vision has started to permanently change. Town Center will now be the home of Palm Coast’s first Center for the Arts facility. The Palm Coast
“Imagine life without Mozart, Disney, Rodgers and Hammerstein, or the Beatles, and imagine life without music. There would be no life, no love, no social or emotional connection without the power of music. This power is about to take a great step forward right here in Palm Coast.” Mayor Jon Netts
Arts Foundation and the city of Palm Coast held a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 11, on the site of the soon-to-be outdoor performance venue. The center will be built on a 14-acre plot of land, situated on the corner of Central Ave. and Town Center Blvd.
“Every bit of the 14-acres will be needed,” said PCAF President Sam Perkovich at the ground breaking ceremony. “Besides the buildings, we are going to need every extra bit of land for parking. For the first phase we are going to start with clearing, filling and landscaping this site.”
The extensive project will be completed in five phases, and over a course of a few years. Mark your calendars for the partial completion of phase one, which will be celebrated on May 1, of this year, with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
The stage and pavilion will be added in later months with the accumulation of more funds. The PCAF is offering the community custom engraved stepping stones, which will be placed as a walkway at the outdoor venue, to raise funds for the project.
The completed outdoor venue will include a permanent stage with a pavilion, bathrooms and a grass lawn that accommodates up to 4,000 people standing, or 1,000 seated.
According to PCAF Trustee Joseph Ganci, the building of the outdoor venue, the Performing Arts Theatre and Events Center will employ 800 construction workers. Once all phases are completed, the Center for the Arts will implement 200 full-time positions into Flagler County.
“The city of Palm Coast and the Arts Foundation stand together as strong advocates to encouraging the vitality and cultural acts of arts within our community,” said Mayor Jon Netts. “Together we want to make Palm Coast a genuine destination for more people to come here for our cultural contributions and then to stay here to learn more about what we have to offer as a city. We are building a new connection between music and Palm Coast. When artists perform at this spot in Town Center the beauty of live music will engage and inspire us to come together.”
Visit thepcaf.com for more information concerning the Center for the Arts facility.