Friday, June 20, 2008 | 5:26 p.m.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will be leaving its corporate office near the airport and move into new downtown digs.
"It's the right thing to do," says Myron Martin, president of the Performing Arts Center Foundation. "We need to be downtown. We need to be near the site."
Martin says the foundation's move to the Holsum Design Center in August will open its public phase of fundraising. Called "The Preview Center" it will be open to the public and feature the architectural model of the building's exterior and two model's of its main theater interior. There will also be a full size mockup of a box seat in the 12,000 square-foot space.
The new location and its "just drop in" policy will move the foundation out of its quiet phase, Martin says: "This is, in our way, our coming out party."
The foundation has raised $400 million of the $475 million need for the center that will be located on downtown's 61 acres. The move to Holsum Design Center at 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 111 (in the old Holsum Bread Factory) is scheduled for early August, but Martin says the presentation of the models won't be ready until September.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is slated to open in 2011.