Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders and other County officials joined an impressive array of public and private partners to break ground on the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.
“I cannot tell you how proud my fellow Freeholders and I are to have had a part in bringing this project to life," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios at the Oct. 4 ceremony. "It helps us reach our goals of giving our residents opportunities to learn, to perform and to enjoy the arts in all its forms. This project brings opportunity and education to our residents. It builds on our history while embracing innovative programming and production elements. It’s a collaborative effort of such a diverse group of stakeholders. It will become a destination for lovers of theater and music and dance and fine art from every culture and background.”
The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center project is a collaboration of local, county, state and private organizations, including Middlesex County, the City of New Brunswick, DEVCO, the New Brunswick Cultural Center, Rutgers University, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Pennrose Properties and the New Brunswick Parking Authority.
When complete, the $172 million project will enhance the arts scene in New Brunswick, Middlesex County and the entire region. New performance spaces, rehearsal space and classrooms will be added. It will be the home for the George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, and the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Office space, residential units and a parking garage are also part of the 450,000-square-foot project.
A photo album of the event is available on the Middlesex County NJ Facebook page.