Scaled-Down Kansas City Performing Arts Center May Move to Downtown Site

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Organizers of a proposed new performing arts center in Kansas City are considering moving the project to a downtown site and combining it with the existing Lyric Theatre, the Kansas City Star reports.

The performing arts center received a major blow last fall, when voters rejected a tax initiative that would have provided $50 million in funding. Faced with the loss of funds, the center's board stopped fundraising and reconsidered its original plan, which called for two auditoriums on a hilltop site, one for the Kansas City Symphony and another for opera and dance.

An alternative would be renovate the 78-year-old Lyric Theatre and add an adjacent symphonic hall. The board agreed yesterday to consider that option after engineering studies have been completed.

"The site could potentially afford the project significant savings, which ultimately would allow more resources to be dedicated to long-term endowments and ongoing support of the arts organizations," said board chair Julia Irene Kauffman after the board meeting.


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