Kansas City Performing Arts Center Could Be Scaled Back

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Plans for a performing arts center in Kansas City may have to be revised because voters rejected a tax initiative last November, the Kansas City Star reports.

The "bistate" sales tax would have raised money for a new sports stadium and contributed $50 million to the arts center, currently budgeted at $304 million.

Under the current design, the center would contain one hall for the Kansas City Symphony and another for opera and ballet. Planners are now considering a single, multipurpose auditorium (an approach that was adopted and then rejected in 2003) or a center built in phases, with one hall to be built immediately and the other added when enough money is raised.

A third possibility is building a single hall while renovating an existing building, such as the Lyric Theatre, where the orchestra currently performs.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for August, but architect Moshe Safdie said that a change to the design could delay construction for several months.


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