As a newly hired design team undertakes efforts to plan a renovation of Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, future stages of the project are still in the works. The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission voted Tuesday to appoint the local architecture firm Polk Stanley Wilcox to partner with Ennead Architects of New York in renovating the 73-year old concert space.
"There's going to be a lot of additional phases," says Gretchen Hall of the city Convention and Visitors Bureau. She says hiring the firms is just the first step in the process. "Once we go through 6 to 9 months of the design phase, we are anticipating a public bond initiative in order to pay for this expansion and renovation. And then we're also looking at bringing the construction management team pretty soon toward the end of the first quarter of this year."
The Commission expects the project to cost between 55 and 65 million dollars and should be put before voters in the fall. Hall says plans are to reduce the number of seats and increase the stage size in the theater to create a more intimate setting with better acoustics as well as improved conference spaces.