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

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012  |  Updated 9:31 AM EDT
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Video from inside Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center shows people evacuated during a showing of

Video from inside Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center shows people evacuated during a showing of "The Lion King" due to heavy flooding.

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Arsht Center Cleaning Up After Sunday's Flooding

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.
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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.

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.

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