performing arts center

Auburn city manager James Buston will be presenting an update on the construction of the performing arts center on South College Street.

The Auburn City Council will receive an update on the construction of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Art Center, discuss the approval to accept a recycling grant and furnishing for the Public Safety Complex at its regularly scheduled meeting.

Performing arts center

“The update will be about the construction, and it will also be about their fundraising, ticket sales and the whole program that they are doing,” Assistant city manager Kevin Cowper said.

City manager James Buston will be presenting the update, and the performing arts center director Chris Heacox expressed excitement for the creation of an arts district within the city.

“We are, in effect, creating an arts district which is a new entrance to Auburn University with the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center to the west and the Jules Collins Museum of Fine Art to the east” of South College Street, Heacox said. “It’s a time where the visual and performing arts are coming together to support the land grant mission of the university and provide exceptional, shared experiences in the arts for our community.”

Recycling grant

A grant of more than $175,000 from The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization, was awarded to the city to fund education programs and the purchase of 2,000 recycling carts will be considered for approval by the council.

“As a part of the grant, they are also doing about $150,000 of services for us like graphic design, so I think Environment Services Director Tim Woody has done a great job with this,” Cowper said. “We’ve had a $288,000 and $350,000 grants for purchasing carts, and they’ve done a really great job.”

According to Cowper, 13,000 carts have been distributed to the majority of solid-waste customers totaling 16,000, and the city continues to deliver carts to residents interested in participating.

“It’s a nonprofit that does grants for recycling,” Cowper said. “They get donations, and I think a lot of the money we are getting is coming from Coca-Cola. They are donating money to this organization to spend on these types of programs.”

Public safety complex

Anticipating the amount of time for delivery, the city council will discuss the approval to purchase furnishings from Alabama Contract Sales Inc., Business Interiors Inc., Interior Elements LLC. for more than $1 million early to ensure the furniture arrives as the complex is completed.

“That project in total is about $34 million, and it’s a large building with a lot of office space, a fire station, a police station, city council chambers, court room and a 911 center,” Cowper said. “There are a lot of things to outfit a building of that size with multiple functions.”

With $29 million cost to construct the building, the city council will also be presented with more purchases to consider such as audio, visual and computer equipment budgeted in the remaining $5 million for miscellaneous items in future meetings.

“We’re looking at probably an October, November timeframe for the project to be finished,” Cowper said. “We’ve had a lot of rain days, but the project is fairly well on schedule. It’s a little behind, but I think they can make that time up.”

Other notable items within the agenda include an amendment to the City of Auburn Zoning Ordinance to create a new classification of housing known as academic detached dwelling units and the possible purchase for a street resurfacing project for more than $700,000 from D & J Enterprises, Inc.

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