City moves forward with purchase of White House Theater after feasibility study


Branson will proceed with the purchase of the former White House theater following a unanimous vote by the Branson board of aldermen; the press release below provides more details.

BRANSON, Mo – After hearing the results of the feasibility study, inspections and cost analysis, the Branson Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve a resolution to proceed with the purchase of the Old White House Theater located at 2255 Gretna Rd for the proposed new Branson. Police Headquarters and Public Safety Complex during its regular council meeting on August 23, 2022.

In addition to a Phase 1 environmental assessment, roof analysis, asbestos survey, and mold analysis, architectural firm Hoeffer Welker, LLC submitted a preliminary feasibility study of the building which provided a basic space analysis and overview of the conversion of the theater into a public safety building. In addition, he provided an estimated cost analysis and cost comparison between the construction of a new building at the Forsythe Road location and the repurposing of the White House Theater property. The cost comparison shows estimated savings of $6.3 million by going ahead with the purchase of the White House Theatre. It is also anticipated that the construction and relocation of the police department will occur much sooner than the Forsyth Road location.

The 65,000-square-foot building cost $2.5 million and would be purchased using reserve funds from the half-cent public safety sales tax that was passed in 2017.

To watch the full discussion and presentation, find the August 23, 2022 Council of Aldermen meeting on BransonMo.Gov/Livestream. You can find the cost analysis, resolution and staff report in the “HTML Agenda Package” for the August 23, 2022 Council of Aldermen meeting on the Agenda and Minutes page of the site City website. For more information on this project, click on the blue tab titled “City Projects – A Look at Where Our City is Headed” on the city’s website, BransonMo.Gov.

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