Hyannis, MA — A year-round performing arts center is planned for a 40-acre site near the West End Rotary in downtown Hyannis.
Oceanside Performing Arts Center announced on Wednesday it has signed a purchase and sale agreement for the parcel, which is adjacent to the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center. The property is currently the site of the Twin Brooks Golf Course and will continue to operate as such until the center is built, said Margaret Van Sciver, president of the Oceanside Board of Directors.
"Cape Cod does not have a state-of-the art performing arts center, and there’s an unfilled need,” Van Sciver said. “That’s our vision.”
Van Sciver said that it is premature to discuss the design and capacity of the planned venue or a possible opening date. But, in addition to an indoor space, there would also be a landscaped outdoor space for concert-goers, she said.
“We wanted to share this news early, as we move from conceptual to more concrete plans,” said Van Sciver. “In the weeks and months ahead, we will meet with residents, businesses, town officials and arts organizations. We will incorporate their feedback in our plans, because the performing arts center is for them.”
The Cape Symphony, which currently performs at the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, has already committed to making the new center its permanent home.
On dates when the Symphony is not performing at the center, the facility will host well-known pop, country, folk and comedy artists, Van Sciver said. It would also be offered as a performance space, at a discount to make it affordable, for local non-profit arts organizations.
The planned location for the new center is directly across the street from the Cape Cod Melody Tent, a 60-year-old, 2,300 seat summer theater.
Oceanside Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit organization led by Cape Cod civic leaders committed to the arts, was incorporated in 2012 to establish a regional facility to showcase entertainment, arts and educational offerings.
Proposals for a new performing arts center on Cape Cod have been discussed for nearly 25 years, most notably a 15-year effort to build the Boch Center for the Performing Arts in Mashpee, and later West Barnstable. Plans for the center, to be named after the well-known late Boston-area car dealership owner, were scrapped in 2006.
Van Sciver did not disclose details about the pending sale.
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