In a step toward community transformation in Missouri City, the Edison Cultural Arts Center project hired a commercial construction company to demolish a vacant shopping center at 7100 W. Fuqua St., Houston, on Sept. 1, according to a news release.

The arts center is rooted in the African American community's artistic and cultural legacies while embracing the region's multicultural diversity, according to the release.

The details

The project was on its second phase, which involves the demolition of the vacant shopping center, and is under the management of the commercial construction company Arch-Con Corporation.

The 32,000-square-foot art center will engage the community in cultural arts, community services and retail, with the goal of evolving into a nonprofit-run town center, according to the release.

The Edison Cultural Arts Center will include:
  • A 400-seat "Larry V. Green" main stage theater
  • A 165-seat black box theater
  • Dance studio spaces
  • A community health clinic
  • An after-school youth center
  • Outdoor green space
  • Small-business incubators
  • Retail spaces
What they’re saying

The Edison Cultural Arts Center is expected to have 80,000 visitors annually, according to Edison Arts Foundation founder Charity Carter.

“Once completed, the Edison Center will leverage Fort Bend Houston’s talented multicultural arts community to create a catalyst for community revitalization through the arts,” she said in the release.

What to expect

The Edison Cultural Arts Center is expected to open in late fall of 2024, according to the center’s officials.

The project will involve collaboration with nonprofit partners, including: