Greensboro Performing Arts Center scheduled to open May 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said contactors will be hired in the next couple of months to begin construction plans for the Steven B. Tanger Center for the Peforming Arts.

Vaughan said that construction will begin in the spring of next year with an opening date set for May 2017.

"It's going to be very exciting to see cranes for the first time in downtown in a long time, so we're definitely moving in the right direction," Vaughan said. "The contactors will be hired and it will be probably fast tracking over the next six months making up for the delay getting everybody to get their financing in order.”

Lynn Wooten, with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, has helped to raise more than $35 million in private funding.

The city of Greensboro has contributed $30 million for GPAC, set to be built along North Elm and Liberty Streets.

Vaughan said that, although a blue print has not yet been constructed, the architects from H3 Hardy Collaboration based out of New York have already presented three options for the venue.

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