A Reimagined Vision & Future
Through the years, there have been multiple studies conducted on how to best operate and renovate the City Auditorium. In 2006, the international food and support service provider Compass Facility Management Inc. was engaged by the City to study the historic nature of the building; develop potential marketing and operating options; and prepare an extensive cost estimate for major facility repairs, renovations, and upgrades to be funded by the City and Downtown Partnership. The study suggested the cost of $15 million (dollars at that time) minimum is needed to address capital needs and upgrade the facility with life safety and code requirements.
The proposed renovation plan includes a multiuse rehabilitation of the building exterior and a redesign of the interior of the facility, expanding its useable floor area from 40,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet. An addition will be built on the south side, and two new floor levels on the inside will replace the current arena seating. The partial basement will include an orchestra pit, a versatile and multi-faceted event/theater venue, and commercial food and beverage partners. The ground floor will host retail and community partners. The main performance venue will face the preserved proscenium arch and seat about 600 with a flat floor option for up to 730 people.
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A Day in the Life of the Newly Imagined City Aud
It's Monday morning, in and the café and restaurant open at 6 AM for local residents and I was headed to work who want a bit of breakfast. The eating establishments inside the facility stay open all day serving folks nourishing meals at varying price points.
By 7 AM, School buses full of children from across the region begin to arrive for their arts enrichment education. At noon, the main theater space's house to a luncheon what the flat floor and table configuration.
Magically the theater and then transforms to a raked audience seating for a local dance recital that is scheduled for 7 PM. At 8 PM lower-level theater space hosts an event a film while patrons enjoy regional spirits at the speakeasy that is adjacent.
All the while, both the second and third floors are humming with the educational, community and creative works. Throughout the day, businesses and creative communities intersect for activities, events in gatherings.
Lights out well after the final patron leaves.