Loudoun County Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) on Thursday submitted a new project to be considered for addition into Loudoun County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The proposal aims to initiate a public-private partnership to construct a performing arts center.
Meyer is requesting the board to set aside $20 million for the proposed project. He said centers of similar scope cost between $50 million and $100 million.
Meyer said during Thursday's business meeting the project will require finding the “right partner or partners and the right land."
“As we finally start to catch up on road and school construction in the coming years, we need to start planning for more quality-of-life infrastructure, as well. I have consistently heard from parents, seniors and other community members that we need our own performing arts center in Loudoun County,” Meyer said in a prepared statement. “This public-private partnership could be with a university, a nonprofit or even a developer. Without this project and some reasonable level of county funding, this type of project may never get built."
After hearing the proposal, Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) commended Meyer and said she would miss him on the board. During the approval of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan earlier this year, she too said there's a need for a performing arts center in Loudoun.
Meyer’s proposal seeks to initiate a public-private partnership to construct a performing arts center in the Suburban Policy Area, preferably near transit-oriented development. It includes a large-scale venue and potentially smaller venues, classrooms and other "enrichment spaces."