Repairs to Arsht Center To Cost Millions

The first two phases of work will cost $2.15 million

By Karen Franklin
|  Thursday, Jul 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:31 PM EDT
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The Arsht Center was evacuated during a production of "The Lion King."

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Repairs to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which sustained flooding damage in May due to a failed ceiling drainage pipe, are estimated to cost more than $2 million, The Miami Herald reported.

The first phase of work, 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.

On May 20, the failed drainage pipe led to flooding of the Ziff Ballet Opera House, according to a status report. The center was evacuated for flooding and a production of The Lion King was canceled.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez asked county commissioners Tuesday to authorize up to $5 million for repairs, which is the amount of the county’s deductible for the building. The commissioners, who delayed the vote, are scheduled to make a decision July 17.

The county would like to finish repairs by October for the center’s fall season.

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