Gingerbread party MMAS 2

Carlyn Johnson of Mansfield helps her son Joey, 4, build a gingerbread house recently at the Massachusetts Music & Arts Society’s gingerbread decorating party at its Art Center at Great Woods in Mansfield.

MANSFIELD — A long held dream for the 25-year-old Mass. Music & Arts Society is one step closer to reality.

The non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to a variety of performance and visual arts bought a three-acre site opposite the Xfinity Center on South Main Street where it plans to build a theater, art gallery, small performance spaces and classrooms.

The price for the property at 888 South Main Street was $1.9 million, according to documents on file at the registry of deeds.

Seller Tom Souza gifted back $100,000 of the purchase price and gave an additional $160,000 in rent collected over the past two years towards the purchase.

“It is a very important benchmark in our history of providing quality arts programs to our region,” MMAS spokesman Kenneth Butler said.

MMAS plans to a build a “state of the art venue,” tentatively called “Arts Center at Great Woods,” which will feature a 250-seat theater, a 3,000-square-foot art gallery and a four-season “VIP” rooftop bar overlooking Norton Reservoir.

The group has raised $710,000 towards construction, according to its press release.

MMAS has rented a 3,280-square-foot building on the site for the past two years and used it for its academy programs, concerts and special events.

The loan for the purchase came from Mansfield Bank with a guarantee provided by quasi-public MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance authority.

George W. Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.

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