by Max Brantley
The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville yesterday released proposals for an expansion of the Dickson Street institution.
The Walton Arts Center (WAC) Council endorsed concept designs for the expansion of its Fayetteville theater complex at a board meeting Tuesday, September 25. The expansion will include approximately 30,000 square feet of new space including an expanded lobby and plaza on Dickson Street, plus additional seating and a dedicated entrance for Starr Theater.
As part of a multi-campus, regional expansion strategy, WAC plans to expand and renovate the Fayetteville campus at an estimated cost of $20 million. The proposed concepts will create a vibrant streetscape on Dickson Street, additional backstage support and storage space, more dressing rooms, catering kitchen, expanded administrative offices and additions to Starr Theater to accommodate larger audiences in the black box theater.
With the increased urban development in downtown Fayetteville (including a remodeled town center, opening of the Chancellor Hotel and extensive private developments), the WAC expansion will bring more people, performances and special events to the Dickson Street Entertainment District. For more information about the specific inclusions in the expansion plan and to see concept renderings, please visit http://www.waltonartscenter.org/futureplans.aspx
“We couldn’t be more excited about this vision for the expansion of Walton Arts Center,” said Peter B. Lane, President/CEO. “After 20 years of growth and success, this expansion will give us the space we need to grow our programs, better serve our patrons and partner organizations and bring more events to the Dickson Street area.”
Along with plans to expand the facilities, the WAC board passed a resolution encouraging the Fayetteville City Council to proceed with construction of a new parking deck, preferably on one of the lots adjacent to the Walton Arts Center campus.