NWT’s quest for a new home
UPDATE ON NEAR WEST THEATRE'S CAMPAIGN
Read our latest detailed updates here:
A Page 1 story The Plain Dealer of Nov. 23 focuses on our future home in the Gordon Square Arts District. Latest coverage of our groundbreaking: Scene(Dec. 5-11) and WVIZ-TV’s “Applause” (Dec. 6). See also this update on construction preparations.
Near West Theatre's portion of the $30 million Gordon Square Arts District campaign is $6.82 million. An increase from $6.22 million, requested in hopes of pursuing a super-energy-efficient "Passivhaus" design of NWT's new theater building, was approved by the GSAD Board on Feb. 15, 2012.
· Funds raised in the GSAD campaign will provide Near West with a new, fully accessible, air-conditioned facility on West 67th Street, just north of Detroit Avenue (behind the Near West Lofts building). The European "Passivhaus" design currently being considered would save the nonprofit theater at least 80 percent on yearly energy costs -- which otherwise, besides salaries, would be the single largest expense of running the building.
· The design is by Richard Fleischman Architects of Cleveland. The facility includes a full basement (for future build-out), a lobby, auditorium, and a plaza leading from the corner of West 67th Street and Detroit Avenue to the building entryway. ·