AUBURN, Ala. (AP/WTVM) - Auburn University is one step closer to reaching a $15 million goal for the school's new performing arts center.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports that the Auburn City Council recently voted to allocate $1.5 million over the next three years to the new Auburn University Performing Arts Center.
The city will fund $500,000 in fiscal years 2018-2020, and then continue to contribute $50,000 annually starting in 2021.
Those contributions would help fund the initial construction of the facility.
Construction on the 85,000 square foot building is expected to begin in October.
The new center would include a lawn and porch area with about 17,000 square feet of open space named in honor of the city.
Program requirements include a multipurpose venue seating approximately 1,200 guests, box office, catering kitchen, wardrobe and dressing rooms, and conference and support office spaces.
A second space for a small performance venue, connected to an outdoor amphitheater, will be bid as an alternate and included in the project if construction market conditions are favorable.
The space is expected to house open performances, community festivals, and other celebrations.
Construction is expected to end July 31, 2019, and is targeted to open on Aug. 1, 2019.