Morehead St. planning new performing arts center

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Morehead State University officials are hoping to build a new $50 million music and performance center.

The new Music Academic and Performing Arts Education building would replace the campus' Laughlin Health Building and the Wetherby Gymnasium.

University President Wayne Andrews told the Daily Independent that state funding for the project wouldn't be considered by the General Assembly until 2016, after the current biennial budget period ends. He says that would be the facility could be built by 2019 or 2020.

The new facility would have a 600-seat multi-purpose auditorium, classrooms and administrative offices, and an internal mall that will be used as a lobby and event space.

RossTarrant Architects, a Lexington firm, has met with Andrews and faculty to devise a master plan for construction and renovation.

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