Miami-Dade Commissioners Approve $5 Million for Arsht Center Repairs

Up to $5 million to go toward water damage repairs at Center for Performing Arts

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    Video from inside Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center shows people evacuated during a showing of "The Lion King" due to heavy flooding. (Published Monday, May 21, 2012)

    The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will get up to $5 million to repair the water damage sustained in May, Miami-Dade County Commissioners said Tuesday.

    Commissioners voted 8-2 to authorize the reimbursement to the Performing Arts Center Trust, which operates the county-owned facility, according to the Miami Herald.

    The money will also go towards hiring a forensic engineer to examine the cause of the broken storm pipe that flooded the Ziff Ballet Opera House during a May 20 storm. The center was evacuated for flooding and a production of The Lion King was canceled.

    The first phase of repairs, which included removing humidity, cost $1.15 million. The demolition phase, which recently began, is expected to cost $1 million. The cost of the reconstruction phase has not yet been determined.

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    Ticket holder Vicki Shure was back at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Monday, hoping for a second chance to see "The Lion King." Arsht Center CEO and President John Richard said the show would be back on Tuesday. (Published Monday, May 21, 2012)

    The county's deductible for the building is $5 million. The county would like to finish repairs by October for the center’s fall season.