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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy of TheatreSquared. An artist's rendering shows an elevated view of the TheatreSquared building, set to begin construction in late June.

FAYETTEVILLE -- TheatreSquared will break ground for its new venue this month.

Construction will begin June 23 on the 50,000-square-foot building at 477 W. Spring St., according to a news release. Designed by Marvel Architects and Charcoalblue, the building will feature two theaters, a rehearsal space, offices, education and community space, on-site design and building workshops, eight guest artist apartments, three levels of outdoor public spaces and a café and bar that will remain open during the day.

The groundbreaking will signify the start of the Our Next Stage campaign, the $34 million effort to pay for construction and establish an artistic, operating and education reserve, according to the release. A volunteer committee will spearhead the campaign.

A documentary film crew with American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, will join TheatreSquared staff, artists and campaign volunteers and city officials at the groundbreaking. Arkansas-based Baldwin and Shell is the builder. Construction is scheduled to last through 2019.

Last year, the City Council approved a 100-year rent-free lease to TheatreSquared to build on a parking lot at the corner of Spring Street and West Avenue, across the street from its space at Nadine Baum Studios.

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded TheatreSquared $12.5 million in grants. The City Council in March allocated $3.1 million toward the project. A month later, the city Advertising and Promotion Commission committed another $3 million.

NW News on 06/08/2017

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