Opera house renovation project gets key backing – Inside INdiana Business

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Porter County Council has unanimously backed a $6.5 million renovation of Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House. However, our partners from The Northwest Indiana Era report that the project could face a roadblock from the Board of County Commissioners.

The project includes restoration work on the nearly 130-year-old opera house, as well as the sheriff’s residence next door, built in 1860. It includes the addition of a glass structure to connect the two buildings that would create a accessible entrance and would improve interior circulation, according to the publication.

As part of this effort, offices would be moved to the Sheriff’s residence to expand the upstairs lounge, auditorium seating would be replaced, mechanical systems would be replaced, and masonry and window issues would also be resolved. resolved.

The board voted unanimously to ask the board and others to consider funding the project. However, Commissioner Jim Biggs wants to postpone the project, saying other pressing matters such as road maintenance should take priority.

If the project goes ahead, construction could begin next year.

You can read Doug Ross’ full story at The Northwest Indiana Era by clicking here.

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