Proposed $142M Gaillard makeover gets preliminary approval

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A proposed $142 million makeover at the Gaillard Auditorium gets preliminary approval by the board of architectural review.

The City of Charleston has been working on the proposed changes for about a year and a half and they will include updated performance space, improved acoustics and seating, a ballroom and new city offices.

City architects say the project would be paid for with city taxes possibly federal money and private donors.

"We are engaged in planning for this campaign. We're in the early stages of that right now. We're very excited about the enthusiasm we've seen so far," Executive Director Bruce Marquis said.

The next step for the Gaillard project would be final approval which could happen later this fall.
The city hopes to start the Gaillard Auditorium renovations by summer next year.

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