Metroparks Looks for Huntington Playhouse Options

DSC_7939-2Cleveland Metroparks has published a Request for Information looking for candidates interested in utilizing the former Huntington Playhouse building.

The Legal Notice was published July 13.

In it, Metroparks states, ‘As Cleveland Metroparks studies and analyzes the future of Huntington Reservation, determining the appropriate plan for the Huntington Playhouse building is being considered. The purpose of this RFI is to seek information and responses from organizations that may have an interest in working with Cleveland Metroparks to participate in financing and management/operation of the Huntington Playhouse building. Operator must be mission compatible with Cleveland Metroparks. They must be a functioning non-profit with an active board and a business plan, or an organization with a record of organizational sustainability. The Operator must provide public programming/access and open hours on a regularly scheduled basis.’

Here is a link to the Request for Information:

http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Uploads/Public/Images/Purchasing/BidsAndQuotes/Documents/RFI%20Huntington%20Playhouse%20FINAL%202016.pdf

The Playhouse, a fixture in Bay Village for 57 years, was closed last year after a variety of problems with unpaid bills, building maintenance and other questions were reported.

“The RFI is just a public way of soliciting ideas and interest in the site.  This will help guide our future decision making,” said Joseph V Roszak, Cleveland Metroparks, Chief Operating Officer, when contacted by The Villager.

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