Momentum is expected to pick up in the greatly anticipated Epic Theatres project approved by the Mount Dora City Council months ago.
Although the green light was given last December, the multiplex's permits have been delayed due to an existing public arts requirement in the city's code for projects exceeding $1 million. The Epic project is approximately $10 million and is currently required to fund a $100,000 public art project. Mount Dora City Council is expected to repeal the requirement due to its legality.
The Epic Theatres multiplex, to be built on the land between Target and Walmart, could begin construction by placing the funds in escrow. The length of time for the design and construction process is largely up to Epic.
The Planning & Zoning Commission voted last week to recommend eliminating the funding requirement from the public arts ordinance. Later this month, the issue moves to the city's Public Arts Commission, and lastly to the city council. With the likely repeal of the art requirement, the escrowed funds would be returned to Epic.
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