The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, June 4, 2012
Rocky Mount and county residents are encouraged to participate in a second public input session on the proposed music venue in the former Lynch Hardware Building on Tuesday, June 5.
The public is asked to view and comment on proposed architectural designs for the performance center between 5 and 7 p.m, according to Matt Hankins, assistant town manager.
Comments and ideas from the public input sessions with the project architect, Hill Studio of Roanoke, will be used over the coming weeks to develop the design concepts necessary for construction to proceed, Hankins said.
The first public session was held in April.
Rocky Mount Town Council will approve the final concept before giving notice to proceed with financing and construction.
The venue's construction will be financed largely through the sale of historic property tax credits and private foundation grants in an effort to minimize taxpayer investment, Hankins said.
The venue is expected to make a significant contribution to the economy of Rocky Mount, attracting new regional customers for restaurants, hotels, boutiques and retailers, creating additional jobs, he added.
When it opens, the new performance center will be the signature venue at the eastern gateway of Virginia's Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, which has generated nearly $30 million in tourism revenue throughout its lifetime for 19 counties and cities in Southwest Virginia.
The former Lynch Hardware Building is at 450 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount.