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On the death of Milton McGinty in 2013, the McGinty family placed the theater in a family trust and initially continued with McGinty’s later plan to convert it to condominiums. Once they had approval to put windows in the long sides of the auditorium, they listed the building for sale and continued to refuse to sell it to the Conservancy.
Rock Creek Property Group
In 2015, the building was purchased the Rock Creek Property Group, which specializes in commercial properties. Their plan is to restore the exterior to its original design and build out the interior to meet the needs of the company leasing it. They are open to any commercial use that is suitable for the location and allows the exterior to remain unchanged.
They have contacted many theater and arts groups in the area but none were ready to lease the property. Rock Creek has been open to the Conservancy developing a black box theater in the newly developed building.
Provisional approval was given by the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) on 30 March 2016 for windows on the sides of the auditorium, and plans for the preservation and restoration of the façade.
The Conservancy Today
Even though the Conservancy was unable to acquire and develop the theater, it has continued to protect the building by monitoring its condition and raising alerts with the DC government when necessary. It has also continued producing performing arts programs, primarily in schools.
It continues monitoring Theatre’s condition in consultation with Rock Creek Properties and the Historic Review Board. It is pursuing plans for developing a black box theater in the newly developed building or in a near-by space. And to continue to develop and support theater programs in schools.
The Conservancy continues to receive extensive community support through contributions and supportive petitions. To donate or join as a member.
The Takoma Theatre Conservancy was incorporated as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in 2007. It is governed by a Board of Directors from both DC and nearby MD. Board members collectively have decades of experience creating and managing organizations. Members include educators, theater owner, producer/playwright, author, community business owners, and government and management consultants. The Board is also supported by a multi-disciplinary Board Advisors and architecture, legal, real estate and fundraising consultants.