University of Michigan–Flint continues to eye the Capitol Theatre
FLINT, MI — The University of Michigan—Flint continues to express interest in making the Capitol Theatre the home of its music department. A newly released feasibility study indicates the renovations and restoration of the historic John Eberson designed theater building would cost almost $25 million. That is at least $14 million less than new construction. The project would further enhance redevelopment efforts downtown and would bring the university even closer to downtown. The theater is located two blocks from campus.
“I see this project as an attractive one that needs to be weighed against other institutional priorities,” UM-Flint’s dean of the college of arts and sciences, DJ Trela, said about moving the university’s music school into the 30,000-square-foot vintage building, which has been in the midst of restoration efforts for years.
“I still believe this would be a great asset for the community and a wonderful project that would help move our music department to the next level. However, $25 million is a lot of money.”
Further details can be found in the Flint Journal.