Thousand Oaks voters will be asked in the June primary if the city should build a $22.3-million performing arts center, under a measure approved Monday night by the City Council. The ballot question will be non-binding.
Before unanimously sending the question to voters, the council endorsed recommendations of the Cultural Center Planning Committee. The 121-member, council-appointed group urged the building of an 1,800-seat main theater that could be partitioned for smaller audiences, a 299-seat theater with flexible staging, a 15,000-square- foot art gallery, an outdoor amphitheater seating 250 and three "feeder" theaters at area high schools.
Draw From Two Counties
The committee said the campuslike complex would attract patrons from throughout Ventura and western Los Angeles counties.
The group favored building the arts complex on the driving range at Los Robles Golf Course. The cost was estimated at $19.6 million, not including the three "feeder" high school theaters.
The second-ranked site was a privately owned parking lot east of The Oaks shopping mall. But the cost of building there was estimated at $34.1 million because of the need for replacing mall parking.