Community input needed for Flint Center’s future

The Flint Center at De Anza College.

A local community college is asking the community for input as it decides what to do next with its on-campus theater.

The Flint Center, De Anza College’s performing arts center, is in need of major renovations or replacement, according to the college. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is asking area residents to provide their input on what should come next for the facility.

Because of structural safety concerns, the Flint Center is not used for performances or events at this time. It was opened in 1971 and seats more than 2,000, making it one of the larger venues in Cupertino.

Recently, the district commissioned an assessment study to identify different options for renovations or replacement of the theater. That study found that renovating the space would cost at least $49.6 million, while continuing to maintain the facility while closed would cost approximately $28,000 per month.

Among the options the district is considering, should the building be torn down, include new employee or student housing or a conference center.

According to the district’s FAQ about the project, the Flint Center hosted 80 events during the 2017-2018 season. None of the options would harm De Anza’s instructional capacity, as classroom activities have already moved out of the facility.

Community input on the future of the Flint Center is open until June 7, 2019. The district’s Board of Trustees will discuss the options, including these comments, at its meeting on June 10.

To see more information or to submit your comment on the future of the Flint Center, click here.