When was the idea for the Arts Center developed?
  • The idea of building a performing arts center venue was initially discussed many years ago, during the development of Old Town Coppell. In 1999, the City of Coppell converted an unused fire station to the Coppell Center for the Arts, also home to Theatre Coppell.
  • As the City grew, so did its needs for a larger arts venue. In 2015, after a presentation from Theatre Coppell, the idea of an arts center was revisited, and the City contracted with Corgan Architects to perform preliminary program and site planning for either the existing theater’s renovation, renovation and expansion, and/or an option for the construction of a new theater located in Old Town Coppell. This preliminary programming study (PDF) was reviewed by the City Council during their October 25, 2016 work session, and it was utilized to create the initial schematic design.
  • After much research, the Coppell City Council determined that City staff and the architect should begin focusing on the potential construction of a new arts facility located in Old Town. In January 2017, the Coppell City Council approved an architectural services agreement with Corgan for the proposed Coppell Arts Center.
  • On June 12, 2018, after numerous discussions, presentations to City Council, public meetings, and a public hearing the Coppell City Council voted six to one to approve the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment to the agreement between the City of Coppell and Core Construction, giving the City the green light to begin construction of a new Arts Center located in Old Town Coppell, the City’s historic district. At the July 24, 2018 meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to approve additional seats in the Main Stage Theater.
  • View the full Arts Center Timeline (PDF).

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1. How will the Arts Center be used?
2. How is the construction of the Arts Center being funded?
3. What is the Arts Center’s mission?
4. Does the Arts Center meet Coppell Recreation and Development Corporation (CRDC) fund criteria?
5. What will the Arts Center include?
6. Why did the City choose to build a new Arts Center instead of renovating the existing Center for the Arts?
7. When was the idea for the Arts Center developed?
8. Why were the original seating plans for the Arts Center expanded?