Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – The city of Lubbock put millions of dollars of your tax money on the table for a huge remodeling project, and you the voters approved that money during the 2004 bond election.
The city says now is the time for much needed renovations at the City Bank Auditorium.
"We have a large investment in that facility. It was built in the 1950's but to replicate it may cost in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 million dollars," says Mayor Tom Martin. Nearly $500,000 has already been spent on plans and engineering.
The remaining $4.5 million worth of updates includes new seating on the floor and balcony levels, almost four times the number of stalls and new concession stands.
The auditorium will get a face lift with fresh paint and new carpet. Also included in the plans is a two story atrium with a glass front that will house elevators for easier access to the balcony. The drawings also include an addition near the backstage area which will give traveling acts more storage room.
"We've been diligent during the design process to make sure the budget comes in under what was approved by the voters," adds Mayor Martin.
Back in 2007, the Lubbock Entertainment and Arts Facilities Task Force believed it was not feasible or practical to remodel the auditorium, but Mayor Martin says the structure is sound and that cosmetic changes make the most sense.
"I wasn't on the council when those considerations were made but the auditorium has been suitable for entertainment and we've used it for many years and with this face lift it will be an even better experience," he adds.
The council hopes to award the contract sometime in July. Construction should start at the end of the summer and last about a year. The auditorium will be closed to the public during construction.
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