Plymouth considers plan for arts and rec complex

December 7, 2017 by  

The Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex (PARC), located in the former Central Middle School, is currently home to nearly 30 education, arts, and recreation tenants, but the PARC is looking to the future and has a plan to transform Plymouth into the go-to place for culture in the western suburbs of Detroit.

The organization hopes to undertake a $30m renovation, which would include adding on a performing arts center, located near the rear entrance of the PARC. The center would seat 800.

To help raise money for the renovation and new construction, the organization has started a capital funding campaign. It hopes to reach its fundraising target by the spring. Organizations seeking to raise money from donors often use banners to highlight their need and to keep track of their progress.

Although the group hopes to get as much of its funding from private donors as possible, it is prepared to negotiate with the local government for a small tax increase if needed.

The performing arts center would most likely open in late 2020 and would provide a home for events for around 125 separate groups, including theater companies and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The space is expected to span 43,245 square feet on the first floor and 7,100 square feet on the balcony.

Currently, arts and performing arts organizations are renting space in the PARC, which has 62 classrooms, a swimming pool, and a gymnasium.