GPAC Task Force gets a look at first proposal

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- On Tuesday, the Greensboro Performing Arts Center Task Force and Greensboro City Council previewed plans of what the proposed center might look like.

In a little over three years, Greensboro Coliseum Director Matt Brown hopes to see a big, shiny, new performing arts center in downtown Greensboro.

"This is a conceptual rendering of a conceptual site in downtown as to what this facility could look like," Brown told the task force while meeting at Holy Trinity Church at Greene and Smith Streets.

It would cost about $43,000,000 and seat a little over 3,200 patrons. That's almost 500 more than Durham's performing arts center, and 800 more than War Memorial Auditorium.

Brown hopes there won't be a bad seat in the house.

"We wanted a facility that had the ultimate best sight lines and we're continuing to refine them to make the optimum facility," said Brown.

Brown's preliminary projection has the proposed facility located on a five-acre space at the corner of Bellmeade and Elm.

"This site happens to be serviceable by five parking decks that are available within walking distance and an abundance of surface parking," Brown noted.

The task force is considering multiple other locations, but Brown said that one was ideal because of parking access and the proximity of other sites to railroad tracks.

Throughout the presentation, Brown harped on the need for a state of the art electrical acoustic sound system. He told the task force members that would be much cheaper than trying to build the building around the sound, architecturally engineering good natural acoustics

"You have to plan not for the musicals of the last 500 years, you have to plan for Spiderman and Cirque du Soleil in the future," Brown said.

If this idea gets approved and everything goes according to plan, Brown says it should take 15 to 24 months to build and open in October of 2015.

The Greensboro City Council will have to approve any proposal in a June 26, special meeting.