During the Leon County Commission meeting Tuesday evening, the Board unanimously approved the award of $1.8 million to TLH Arts, Inc. to support the “Performance and Rehearsal Space” project to be constructed in the Railroad Square Arts District. The funds will be distributed through the tArts, Culture, and Heritage Grant Program (ACHG).
The ACHG is a $3 million grant created by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in May 2017 to award funding for cultural projects, programs, and associated expenses. The funds are drawn from the Tourist Development Tax (TDT) which were previously dedicated to the performing arts center project. Florida Statues requires proposed venues to be publicly owned in order to use the TDT funds.
The complete renovation of the site is expected to be $3.2 million, requiring TLH Arts, Inc. to raise the remaining $1.4 million. Additionally, the CRA recommends that the City take ownership of the donated venue so that the property is publicly owned so that the TDT funds may be utilized. The City Commission is expected to discuss the issue at the July 7th meeting.
The TLH Arts, Inc. “Performance and Rehearsal Space” project expects to raise the additional funds needed within the next nine months and should complete the renovation in roughly two years.
TLH Arts, Inc. wants to build a “multi-purpose assembly and performance venue” on property donated in Railroad Square Arts District. The arts complex is will host cultural events, festivals, and concerts.
The facility will include a main studio/dressing rooms, a green room, restrooms, a lobby with space for food and goods vendors, and a 300+ seat theatre. Some of the features will include a “commercial movie projection and recording/audio-visual capabilities.” In addition, the neighboring building will be used as an incubator and co-working space to assist local artists in pursuit of art-related business ventures.
TLH Arts Site Plan