Grand Rapids Reif Center sets sights on expansion

By KBJR News 1

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A northern Minnesota regional arts center will soon be renovated thanks to nearly $4 million in state bonding money.

The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids will use the money to add 60 additional seats to the main theater, build a studio theater with 200 new seats and expand the lobby area.

Built in 1981, the center has enjoyed great popularity and has welcomed a diverse range of world-class performers to its stage.

Securing the money was one of the priorities of Senator Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) priorities during the 2014 legislative session.

"It's been a real leader in the arts during the last 20, 25 years and it needed a little rejuvenation so to speak, a little expansion."

The total cost of renovations for the project will be $8 million dollars and is expected to get underway in April.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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