She promised the effort to establish a children's museum will continue.
“I don't think this means the building must go away,” Zeeck said. “But if we want to establish a children's museum, we need to find a place that is more feasible.”
The theater, meanwhile, is not yet doomed to demolition. Beffort, one of downtown's leading real estate brokers, said the building will be maintained while it is marketed.
“We want to make sure we've exhausted all possibilities,” Beffort said.
“If there is someone out there who has the idea they want to use the existing structure or a portion of it, we want to make sure that remains a possibility.”
Beffort said the foundation is not going to blindly sell to a speculative buyer with no plans for the site.
“There are three primary issues to consider,” Beffort said. “What is the intended use of the site? Who is behind it, and what is their experience and ability to carry out the plan? And what are they willing to pay?”
The highest price, he said, may not alone determine the successful buyer.
“Use will be a consideration,” he said.
Beffort confirmed he has fielded inquiries from several interested potential buyers who recognize the site's value in being across from the new Devon Energy Center, a revamped Myriad Gardens and near the future convention center and Core to Shore park.
“I have a feeling we will have a lot of interest based on what we've heard so far,” Beffort said.
“If we were going through this process five to seven years ago, we would not be as successful as we are today. If you look at it now, it's the most valuable site this close to the (downtown) core.”
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