Proposal could give new life to auditorium

If all goes well, the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium will be back in business by early next year.

The auditorium, which was shuttered in February 2009 as the result of accessibility issues, may have a new lease on life, thanks to an architectural proposal that will address the concerns which forced the building's closure.

Assistant City Manager Todd Darden told the Big Spring City Council during its Tuesday night meeting that the proposal, drawn up by architects with the firm of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, could be completed using funds already set aside for auditorium renovation.

PSC architect Phil Furqueron said the plan would address the following accessibility issues:

• Ramps, walkways and handrails will be added to the east side entrances, while the existing steps will be pushed back.

• More handicapped accessible parking spaces will be added.

• Unobstructed-viewing seating for wheelchair occupants will be added.

• Restrooms will be reconfigured.

• The stage will be extended and the orchestra pit will be covered.

• The stage will be accessible via ramp.

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