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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



    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.

    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.