Sandy Springs city center master developers and planners presented options for a future performing arts center at a special called city council meeting on July 23.

George Bushey, with Rosser International, the city center architect, presented three performing art center theater options with differing seat counts.

The presentation included small, medium and large stages, each with seating sizes of 600, 800 and 1,000, and what each scenario could accommodate.

The planners were presenting the options based on a feasibility study by Johnson Consulting that recommended a 750- to 1,000 seat facility that also included meeting space.

John Jokerst, with Carter/Selig, the city center master developer, gave a rundown of building costs associated with each scenario, which could range anywhere from $24 million to $42.6 million.

Performing arts centers are expensive because of structural features, heating and air conditioning necessities, acoustics, lighting and decorative finishes, he said.

Final costs including the addition of meeting space, offices, parking and road improvements is estimated to be $169.3 million to $196.6 million.

John McDonough, city manager, talked about how the city might pay for the project. He said the city could use a combination of options, including fundraising, using money set aside, land sales to developers, using money already earmarked for the city center, using money the city currently uses to lease city hall and bonds.

To view the presentation, visit the city’s website here. The city will host a public open house on the project Thursday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road.

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