Performing arts center idea to be revived by Alpharetta

About 7 months after the idea was talked about and tabled, the Alpharetta City board has actually authorized releasing an “sign of interest” for prospective partners in developing a 1,400-seat performing arts center.

The procedure was revived on a 6-1 vote, with Council Member Jim Gilvin voting in opposition.

The city, supported by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, formerly engaged Johnson Consulting to study the concept, according to a personnel report to council.

“Based on this study and discussions with the executive director of the Athens Classic Center, the city is considering the establishment of a public/private collaboration” for the arts location, the report says.

The theater would be completely equipped with a stage, proscenium, fly loft and orchestra pit, owned by a not-for-profit and easy to walk to, according to the indicator of interest. Possible partners must have a site large enough for the theater and parking; experience developing pedestrian-focused tasks; and the capability to start building within 18 months, to name a few factors.