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Lehi aims to become arts hub

New performing arts and teaching center is in the works

By Marci Williams
Deseret News, 28 June 1999, page B3

Article Summary:

Lehi voters rejected a general-obligation bond measure in November 1997, which would have funded a $17 million recreation center and a 1,000 seat theater.

The Lehi Arts Council plans to build a performing arts and teaching center on city property adjacent to I-15 on South Millpond Drive.  Originally the council was hoping for an $11 million gift from a Salt Lake philanthropist, but the donor wants the project to be more of a community effort and will “fill in the gaps.”

cost: $11 million
155,000 square feet
Lehi Arts Council development director: Ray Carter
funding to be complete within six months
project to be completed in March 2001
two smaller theaters in addition to 1,800-seat main stage auditorium
sound-proofing will allow three performances at once
basement level will have classrooms and practice rooms
lobby and reception area will also used for dance classes and as ballroom dance floor
30 office spaces will be rented to pay for building maintenance