As you leave Nashville on State Road 46, heading towards Columbus, you can’t help but notice the construction signs and gravel driveway running back into the empty field. But if you look closer, you’ll see the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center taking its final outward appearance.
The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center is a 2,000 seat, county-owned music venue that is set to open in June of 2019. The venue is being funded by a 12.5 million dollar loan and is expected to be paid back by ticket sales and in worst case scenario the Innkeeper’s Tax. The Innkeeper’s Tax is a tax paid by tourists when they check-in to a Brown County hotel or tourist rental.
Ground broke on the new music venue back in July, and construction is progressing nicely. The project has been delayed slightly over the last few months due to weather (rain/high winds), however, the contractor has kept up with the delays and the project remains on-schedule. This week, steel arrived on site for the girders, as well as the seat risers, riser walls, and intermediate steps were poured, and are being completed.
The outlying pre-poured walls of the venue were raised into place within the last two weeks and will be secured once the steel girders are finished being installed. The venue is expected to be under roof within the coming months.
It has also been announced that the lobby of the venue will be adorned with heavy timber beams. Much like other architecture in Brown County, the Performing Arts Center will follow the wooded country atmosphere of the county.
An Executive Director of Maple Leaf has also been chosen, Dana Evans.