|Decision expected in November|
This design of the former Lynch Hardware building in Rocky Mount for a music center shows the street level interior with an elevated stage, theater seating, gallery space and other amenities.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Final architectural design plans for a proposed performance hall in the former Lynch Hardware building were submitted for review to Rocky Mount Town Council Tuesday night.
"Our goal is not just to take advantage of our location on the Crooked Road, but to give people incentive to visit Rocky Mount," said Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins. "More people in town would give investors incentive to open shops and restaurants."
The design plans were submitted by Hills Studio.
"There was little discussion of the design by town council. We hope the plans will be approved by council in November," Hankins said.
The town purchased the former Lynch Hardware building for $246,750 with the intent to create a music venue and performance center in Downtown Rocky Mount, Hankins said. The projected cost to create the performance hall is $1.4 million.
The town expects for half of the cost to come from historic tax credits; $275,000 from the town; and the rest from grants and donations from foundations.
Historic tax credits are expected to generate from $600,000 to $700,000 in funding, Hankins said.
The site design took into consideration the vicinity, available parking, green space, a covered entrance and a drop-off area, while maintaining the architecture of the existing structure.
The interior layout is designed for function and flexibility to allow for different types of performances and gatherings. The design plan includes a gallery space beside the lobby and concession space, as well as seating for up to 400 with an elevated stage in the upper level.
The lower level provides space for a banquet hall, kitchen, restrooms, flexible meeting rooms and storage.
Rocky Mount is the eastern gateway to the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music trail, which winds from Franklin County to Dickerson County.