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The Lubbock Entertainment Performing Arts Association, fundraising for a performing arts center in downtown, reached a milestone in the center’s progress Saturday.
As Emily Pellegrini reports, the association’s announcement has the community even more excited for what the center will bring to the city.
The Lubbock Entertainment Performing Arts Association, or LEPAA, unveiling the name of the future performing arts center. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences is planned to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
Buddy’s musical talents connect us to the rest of the world,” LEPAA Chairman Tim Collins said.
The idea to build a performing arts center in Lubbock, has been around for more than a decade, and as the association nears $50 million raised, progress is moving along quickly.
“It’s already had an impact on our community,” Project Consultant Rob Allison said, “because people are excited about this project.” Allison says the excitement has more people visiting and investing in the downtown area.
The performing arts center, an integral factor identified in the redevelopment plan for downtown, will be located on the former DPS site, adding to the rich arts district.
“To stand the test of time, to truly become a landmark for Lubbock, our project has to create connection,” Collins said. Collins adds, the center will connect the community to both the downtown area and art and culture, as well as connect residents to outside visitors, stimulating the local economy and bringing attention to Lubbock.
Allison says the board will hear a recommendation for an architecture firm Tuesday, and will break ground on or before January 1, 2016.