Columbia county is on its way to creating its own identity.
Project leaders say it’s not just a building. This new development is a major contrbution to the quality of life for those who live in columbia county.
“It’s a real exciting time for Columbia County. It’s real exciting to go through a process like this and the citizens are going to have a great place to come and see shows,” says the Columbia County Commission Chair, Doug Duncan.
The Columbia County Performing Arts Center is well on it’s way since it’s ground breaking in February of last year. In 2016 voters approved the project—with funding that came from a general obligation bond and remaining money left over after projects funded by sales tax were finished.
Commission Chair Doug Duncan, says he looks forward to the outcome of this project.
“The company is doing a fantastic job of bringing the project along. Again we are very fortunate and very blessed. You’re either growing or your dying and we’re growing and I’m very thankful for that. “
And that growth will include the 84 thousand square foot performing arts center which will seat about 2,200 people. It will feature a main floor, balcony seating and a concession stand. The center will also be home to a Columbia County History Museum.
Project Manager Bryce Howie, says a project of this size requires a lot of man power.
“Currently we have just a few trades on site just about 50 people, once we have all the steel up and other trades on site, we’ll be close to 100 people on site working.”
The $31 million center will stand at the heart of the evans towne center plaza where more commercial developments are expected to add to the growing community.
“Just the development and the plans they have for this area, are very impressive. I mean Columbia County is the next big thing here in the CSRA.”
The Project Manager says if weather permist the performing arts center is expected to be complete by the summer of 2020.