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Miami Performing Arts Center
The Carnival Center for the Performing Arts is located on Biscayne Blvd.

Carnival Center for the Performing Arts

Located on Biscayne Boulevard between NE 13th and 14th streets, the Miami Performing Arts Center, now named Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, will consist of three performance facilities, totaling 570,000 square feet, which will be linked by a pedestrian bridge spanning the Boulevard.

The Carnival Center is expected to house over 300 live performances a year, as well as cultural programs, social events, and business meetings. In an area that typically shuts down at sunset, this will be a big change, putting a lot of people in the streets.

The new district has the potential to become one of the most heavily built neighborhoods in South Florida. Nearby are several residential tower condominium projects, including the 60-story Marquis, the 56-story Opera Tower, the 50-story Ten Museum Park, and the 50-story Paramount Bay.

A 2001 study conducted on behalf of the Arts Center Foundation, projected a direct tax impact of $25 million a year, the creation of over 4,000 jobs during the construction phase and more than 2,500 permanent new jobs.

Arts Centers are good for the local economy. In the 1960s, New York's Lincoln Center transformed the Upper West Side into one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. Closer to home, new Arts Centers have revitalized the communities of Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

The question remains, when will the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts be finished and how much is it going to cost? At its October 2001 groundbreaking, city officials announced that construction would be complete in three years at a cost of $255 million. Three years later, the completion date was pushed back two more years with an overall project cost of $419 million. Officials believe the project will be completed by the contractual completion date of August 4, 2006.”

Update: After much anticipation, the Grand Opening of the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts will be taking place on Thursday, October 5, 2006.

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