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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jul. 31, 201905:10 AM EST

The Florida Ballet is moving to Arlington

The organization is leaving Downtown for former YMCA space on Atlantic Boulevard.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

The Florida Ballet will leave Downtown in August, relocating to 10131 Atlantic Blvd.

The ballet, at 300 E. State St. since 2004, is moving to accommodate the growth of the program, according to a post on The Florida Ballet Facebook page.

Executive Director Martha Lemire couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. 

“As The Florida Ballet continues to grow, the need for more space, parking, programming, and meeting the evolving needs for those we serve is great,” the post said. 

The Florida Ballet bought the 3.35-acre site and  28,504-square-foot Atlantic Boulevard building for $1.55 million July 24. It’s the former Arlington YMCA and Bolero Cultural Center space.

It bought the property from the Barco Family Foundation Inc., which hold a $1.51 mortgage on the purchase.

According to the Northeast Florida Conservatory website, it also will relocate to The Florida Ballet’s space on Atlantic Boulevard.

The Florida Ballet is raising money to help pay for improvements inside the building. The money would be used to refurbish the hardwood floors, build a performance space and for upgrades to the HVAC. 

Classes will begin at The Florida Ballet’s Atlantic Boulevard location Sept. 3. 

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