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Downtown Mansfield Celebrates Beginning of New Performance Space

Apr 20, 2015 12:40PM ● By Kevin
Local community leaders, board members of a new music venue, and city staff announce the groundbreaking ceremony as part of a kick-off party on May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 110 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Mansfield.

The Live Outdoor Theater Downtown represents a unique public/private partnership and culmination of three years of planning to create a facility which will serve as an anchor for live music, theater performances, and a concert series for the residents of Mansfield and surrounding communities.

Recognizing the need to provide cultural activities in a family-friendly location for Mansfield residents, The LOT Downtown will be designed as a gathering place for people of all ages to come enjoy live music and other entertainment.  A dedicated board comprised of Justin Gilmore, Daryle Perez and Kim McCaslin Schlieker have been working on this project tirelessly to bring it to fruition.

“We are Mansfield residents with a passion for this community and bringing this to our downtown is just another way we are able make Mansfield a great place to call home,” said Justin Gilmore. The LOT Downtown is the latest revitalization project for downtown Mansfield.

Gilmore, President and CEO of Level 5 Design Group, and his architectural firm are designing the music pavilion. The venue will feature a brick masonry and wood frame construction and a metal roof. The 2-acre property will accommodate about 2000 people with lawn seating.

The LOT Downtown plans to host two headliners a year with plenty of other affordable concerts and free listening opportunities. Established as a nonprofit, The LOT Downtown will use proceeds from major concerts and sponsorships to underwrite the construction and production costs throughout the season. 

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 pm and will include live music from local artists, comments from the board, and food from downtown restaurants and friends of The LOT Downtown.

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