Valdosta talks possible performing arts center

Valdosta talks possible performing arts center

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - After putting it off for years, the City of Valdosta is in the process of considering a major project that could cost taxpayers several million dollars.

In 2012, the city began planning to build a new performing arts center but ended up reallocating those funds.

This discussion is re-emerging after VSU and Lowndes High School have decided to build their own performing arts centers.

The mayor shared that he has appointed a committee to determine if the city’s needs one and to research some options.

“If we do, where would it be and how much we would put on our SPLOST project list for that auditorium," said Mayor of Valdosta, John Gayle. "That’s basically what this committee is charged with. We’re not saying that ‘yes, we want to build a performing arts center at this time.”

The mayor shared that the committee is still conducting research to ensure that everyone does not undermine one another with these plans.

Gayle also says he would like to see an addition to the Rainwater Conference Center.

Ultimately, the decision would come down to residents voting for or against a SPLOST project ballot.

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