Demolition of Chautauqua Amphitheater on hold

Posted at 8:32 PM, Jan 25, 2016

Demolition of the historic Chautauqua Amphitheater is now on hold. For now. State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita on Monday granted a temporary restraining order to those fighting to preserve the celebrated structure.

The Chautauqua Institution is now barred from taking any steps to demolish or alter the amphitheater until the next court date which is set for February 1st.

The Institution issued a statement saying, in part:

"This afternoon, the New York State Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order, halting construction on our Amphitheater. We continue to move forward with planning, logistics and procurement of materials. We respect Judge Sedita’s decision and this process, and we are eager to present our side in court."

The board has approved a $41 million renewal project for the amphitheater. Construction is scheduled to begin in February.




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