Commissioner Souto enthusiastic about Westchester Cultural Arts Center

Commissioner Souto, center, speaks to the media about the planned Westchester Cultural Arts Center. He is joined, from left, by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO William Talbert, former Miami-Dade County Manager Merrett Stierheim, Carolina Alfonso of the County Department of Cultural Affairs, and project architect Thorn Grafton of Zyscovich Architects.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto hosted a press conference on June 19 to announce that the County has released bid documents for construction of the planned Westchester Cultural Arts Center.

He was joined by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau William Talbert, former Miami-Dade County Manager Merrett R. Stierheim, Carolina Alfonso of the County Department of Cultural Affairs and project architect Thorn Grafton of Zyscovich Architects.

“This is going to be a great project, especially for children,” said Commissioner Souto, who has championed construction of the center.

Funded by the voter-approved Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond program, the Westchester Cultural Arts Center, which will be located at the main entrance to Tropical Park, will provide cultural programming and instruction focusing on Hispanic arts and culture. Designed by Zyscovich Architects, the project features new construction, including a main theater building with its supporting spaces, a lobby area which will serve as an art gallery, and a one-story dance rehearsal studio connected with a canopy and plaza that will also serve as an outdoor performance space. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department collaborated to develop the plan for the center.

There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 10 a.m. Sealed construction bids must be received in the Office of the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 17-202 in Miami, by 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Bidders may obtain a copy of construction documents on a CD for a fee of $50 or a full set of printed documents for construction at the bidder’s expense from the office of Go Green Document Solutions, Inc., 3715 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Bidders may contact the office directly at 786-360-2041.

For more information, visit www.miamidadearts.org/news/westchester-cultural-arts-center-wcac-advertisement-construction-bids.


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1 Comment on "Commissioner Souto enthusiastic about Westchester Cultural Arts Center"

  1. Why do we have to take park land for this art center. Yes its only parking space but then that means that more parking space will have to be made . WHERE ??? Most likely park area will be taken for this . We in Westchester are running out of open space and what we are being left with are small and crowed . FIRST FIU with Tamiami , the Enchanted forest with its storage space at Tropical . Westchester needs more park land if the building is going to increase the Westchester areas population we need more parks , or open space .

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