University City Approves $28M Expansion, Renovation of COCA Arts Center

By on March 13, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Officials here approved a $28 million expansion and renovation to the city’s historic Center of Creative Arts on Monday.

The project will renovate the center’s main building at 524 Trinity Avenue and add an east wing that will include a state-of-the-art 450-seat theater, more than 8,000 square feet of new studio space, a commons area, and a designated area for families to drop off and pick up students, according to a COCA press release.

Renovations to the main building, already underway, will include two new dance studios, renovated art and design studio and a teaching kitchen. COCA’s current theater will be converted into a sky-lit performance lab.

The campus will remain open during construction, which is expected to be completed by early 2020, but some performances will be moved off-site. The expansion is expected to break ground this summer.

The project will also replace COCA’s parking lot with a secured, covered parking lot the center will share with a Washington University music school building.

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