MAYVILLE – The effort to halt the demolition of the historic Chautauqua Amphitheater in order to build a new, more-modern facility, will continue for at least another week.
On Monday New State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita said that he first wants to discuss the project with some experts before handing down a final decision.
In addition to the judge holding off on a decision in order to learn more details and information, attorneys for both sides will meet privately in the judge’s chambers later today. A second court hearing will be held early next week with a date and time to be determined.
The lawsuit was filed in January by the Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater and five owners of residences at Chautauqua, who are opposed to the demolition of the historic structure. It was filed in response to Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees decision to approve a $41.5 million plan to move forward with building a new, modernized structure designed to offer greater accessibility to those with disabilities, more seating, an orchestra pit and improved sightlines and safety.
Barring any long-term delays, the new amp is slated to be opened prior to the start of the 2017 Chautauqua season.
Chautauqua officials said in a released statement Monday afternoon that while disappointed they cannot begin work, they are pleased that Judge Sedita recognizes the urgency of the spring construction schedule. They also said that while awaiting a final decision, they will continue to move forward with planning, logistics and procurement of materials for the project.