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Cape Cod Wicked Local: Nonprofit Signs Deal to Build Performing Arts Center in Hyannis

By: Donna Tunney, Cape Cod Wicked Local, September 28th

The idea of building a world-class performing arts center on the Mid Cape has been bandied about for years, and now it looks like it’s finally happening.

The Oceanside Performing Arts Center, a Cape Cod nonprofit formed in 2012, has signed a purchase-and-sale agreement with Finch Group Hotel and Resort, Inc., to acquire a nearly 40-acre parcel of land in Hyannis currently operating as the Twin Brooks Golf Club, said Maggie Van Sciver, director of Oceanside’s board of directors.

Finch Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., also owns the adjacent Hyannis Resort and Conference Center, and the parcel has to be sub-divided before the deal can close. Van Sciver declined to reveal the sale price of the parcel but said that the 21-member board was “really pleased with our working relationship” with the Finch Group.

“They are as committed to the community and the project as we are,” she added.

No timeline has yet been established for either the design phase or the construction of the arts center, and Van Sciver said the golf club would continue to operate until building starts.

“These are early days,” she added. “We wanted to announce this now so that we can move forward with civic leaders, neighbors – and all of the stakeholders -- who need to be involved in developing this project. We want to involve the community from the inception, so that their feedback will be part of the process.”

The Cape Cod Symphony, which now performs at Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, has said it would make the new center its permanent home.

“In securing this land, we hope to fulfill Cape Cod’s need for a state-of-the-art performing arts center to showcase quality arts, entertainment and educational offerings, and to nurture the artistic spirit of Cape Cod residents and visitors year-round,” Van Sciver said.

The site is across from Cape Cod Melody Tent, which offers musical performances during summer. Van Sciver said she doesn’t see competition between the two venues as an issue.

“The Melody Tent will continue to present its summer schedule of world class entertainment, and we look forward to working with our colleagues there, finding ways to work together that are mutually beneficial. They are excited as we are about the project. The arts center will be a boon to all of the area’s restaurants, retailers and businesses, and will attract residents from the Cape and from further away,” she said.

Financing for the new center, she added, would come from donors. “The cost will depend on the specifics of the design. Once we settle on that, the money will be raised through donors. We’ll explore every sensible option in terms of funding,” she said, including the possibility of state and/or federal grants.

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