At a Creative Village Project update today developer Craig Ustler mentioned that he hopes to incorporate the bones of the current Bob Carr Performing Arts Center into the Creative Village Project.
The building will be unoccupied once the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center is complete and will become part of the Creative Village Project.
Ustler mentioned that the goal would be to keep the historical elements of the building, but the decision on what to do with the building will be driven by what the community wants.
“The CV team is studying adaptive re-use of the Bob Carr in some fashion. From an urban design standpoint, and with our desire to build a meaningful and authentic community, through many various stakeholders we have consistently heard that retaining and re-using historically significant structures like the Bob Carr leads to good place-making and helps foster great neighborhoods,” Ustler told Bungalower.
The original Orlando Municipal Auditorium was built in 1926. It was modernized and expanded in the 70’s and 90’s.
“Also, from a personal standpoint, given my family history and deep roots in Orlando, I am interested in recognizing the city’s history,” he added.
Ustler pointed out that adaptive re-use projects like this are common in most, if not all, of the top creative class cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Austin, Brooklyn and Boston.
What would you want to see the building used as in the Creative Village Project?