Friday, September 11, 2009

Spectrum Presents Center in the Square Plans

Center's new roof features aquarium and gardens^

Center's re-designed lobby area^

Spectrum Design’s plans for the $27 million renovation at Center in the Square headlined the organization’s meeting yesterday. About half that amount has been raised through donations and tax credits.

Center is the landlord for museums and arts organizations—most notably at this point the Science Museum of Western Virginia, which will be one of the more significant beneficiaries of the renovation. The museum will have direct access to new rooftop gardens, a 5,000-plus gallon aquarium and a number of other bells and whistles.

Renovations are anticipated to be completed by 2012—coinciding with the expected re-opening of Mill Mountain Theatre, which closed earlier this year in order to re-organize. The Harrison Museum of African American History would also come on board in 2012 if all goes as planned.

Among the important renovations is the restoration of the Campbell Avenue facade to its 1917 look.

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