The Sammons Center, which has been at 100% capacity for many years, is excited to announce that its plan to build a second performing arts campus in West Dallas moved another step closer to reality. Dallas City Council unanimously approved a long-term contract with the nonprofit Sammons Center to develop, operate and manage the facility. The council unanimously supported the Sammons Center’s plan to transform a vacant 3.7-acre City-owned tract at 3111 North Stemmons Freeway into black box theaters, space for offices, exhibits, rehearsals and conferences, and housing for artists. Construction of the first of three phases is expected to begin in the second half of 2023.
The new arts campus is the second public-private partnership between the City and the Sammons Center. The Sammons Center opened in March 1988 after extensive rehabilitation of the historic yet long-vacant Turtle Creek Pump Station. Today, it is home to 14 small performing arts groups and serves another 90 arts and culture organizations with affordable space and administrative, education and technical services. It is a nationally recognized model of a successful arts incubator.
“This second facility truly demonstrates our mission to “Grow the Arts in Dallas,” said executive director Joanna St. Angelo. “This new opportunity meets a critical need for more space for local artists and arts groups and provides a vital asset to the under-served citizens of West Dallas. We are grateful for the council’s endorsement and are excited to move forward with the project.”