- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Construction is set to begin this week on a new five-story, 168,000-square-foot building for the Houston Independent School District’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1uI9a00 ) reports that construction is set to start Tuesday on the $80-million project downtown. It will include a 200-seat mini-theater, 200-seat black box theater, 150-seat recital hall, rooftop garden and outdoor art studio. The centerpiece will be an 800-seat main theater.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sunday.

The new space, approved by voters in a bond, will allow the school to move from its current campus. It will also provide room for a new creative writing program, whose students currently take classes in the library and in portable trailers.

The new building will open in fall 2017.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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