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Township Auditorium Going For ‘Wow’ Factor

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July 01, 2008

By Dawn Hinshaw – The State

Long-awaited plans to expand the Township Auditorium involve disassembling the historic facade — piece by piece, brick by brick — and rebuilding it closer to Taylor Street, adding a new lobby in between.

When it’s done, a three-story glass corner will allow passers-by to see into the lighted lobby. Inside, patrons will have more restrooms and an elevator to reach balcony seating.

The $12 million project, paid for with taxes Richland County collects on restaurant meals, will add about 40 percent more space, front and back.

The expansion “will add the ‘wow’ factor and glamour that the building needs,” Township board member John Whitehead said.

And new amenities backstage will make the 3,200-seat venue more appealing to performers and their promoters — which director Sally Roach hopes will mean more dates booked and bigger names on the marquee.

“Would I love to have Tony Bennett?” she rhapsodized. “Stevie Wonder?”

Work could start in June 2009 and continue through January 2010, meaning the hall would be closed for eight months.

First, though, architectural plans must win the approval of Columbia’s design review commission, which meets today.

The expansion is being done in a partnership between local architects Stevens & Wilkinson and a Greenville firm, Craig Gaulden Davis.

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