- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - After more than four years and more than $7 million, the renovation and expansion of the Elvis Birthplace and Museum is complete.

No other plans are in the works, but executive director Dick Guyton said, “Now it’s time to maintain it.”

The third and final phase of the renovation was centered around the lake and surrounding area. The work added a water fountain, a new paved walkway around the lake, several benches along the path and replacement of the old bridge.

The lake was drained and filled for the work.

“But what we don’t have is a lot of water,” Guyton said. “It’s about 10 inches below normal, so we could use some rain.”

The first phase of the project, unveiled in August 2012, added a new 126-seat theater and a 75-seat outdoor amphitheater.

The theater is part of an event center that includes a conference room, display area, exhibit hall, green room for entertainers, administrative offices and a smaller entertainment area.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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