We Ask Mayor Your Questions About Proposed Performing Arts Center

11:07 PM, May 24, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC --A proposed performing arts center in downtown Greensboro is expected to bring in hundreds of jobs, but some people are asking whether the city actually needs it?

The price tag for the proposed Greensboro Performing Arts Center, or GPAC, is at $50 million - give or take a few millions.

Organizers estimate it would bring in more than $7 million a year, more than 260 jobs and 160 performances annually.

According to Mayor Robbie Perkins, GPAC is part of the vision for Greensboro. It's about planning for our future. He said a performing arts center would help attract corporations who are looking for quality of life.

News 2 asked Perkins if the City Council received adequate input from taxpayers, who will foot the bill?

Perkins said they've gotten input from over 2,000 people.

Even thought that's a far cry from the roughly 260,000 people who live in the city, Perkins said they've been asking for input for months, so what else can they do?

We also asked Perkins how a new performing arts center would cost less than just renovating War Memorial Auditorium?

Perkins said renovating War Memorial is not an option.

"It's like putting a band-aid on a hemorrhage. You can't hear. You can't see. The roof is done. The electricity is done. It's past its useful life as a building. It needs to be demolished and turned into a parking lot," Perkins said.

Perkins says the city plans to bandage War Memorial just until the new facility is done, and then re-purpose it altogether.

To pay for GPAC, the city council is considering putting a $30 million bond on the November ballot. Another $10 million would come from the hotel/motel tax and $10 million more from private investors.

People have a lot of other questions about GPAC and News 2 wants to get answers for you.

You can head to the News 2 Facebook page to tell us what you want to know http://www.facebook.com/WFMYNews2?ref=ts or email Lauren Melvin at lmelvin@wfmy.com.

We'll be sitting down with Perkins on Friday to ask him your questions.


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