rejects attempts to halt renovation of the Municipal Auditorium
An appeals court today threw out a lawsuit challenging the transformation of the old Municipal Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and gave the go-ahead for the $110 million project to continue, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Much of the money to fund the massive project was included in the 2008 Venue Tax extension vote. But groups filed suit to block the project, claiming that the 1920's era Auditorium was a protected historical site, and the renovation goes far beyond what voters had been told the project would entail.
The Fourth Corut of Appeals ruled that the two people who sued do not have legal standing to pursue the case.
The ruling upheld a lower court ruling allowing the project to continue/
Construction has proceeded despite the lawsuit, and the second phase of construction is set to begin shortly.
The new Performing Arts Center is set to open to the public in the spring of 2014.