photo courtesy of the Music Hall

Mar 23, 2016 6:15 PM

Plans call for $800k in upgrades around Portsmouth theater

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH — A proposal calls for a historic Portsmouth performing arts center to partner with the city for $800,000 in upgrades to the surrounding streetscape.

The Portsmouth Herald reports officials with the Music Hall say the project would upgrade unsafe sidewalks and accessibility and visibility.

Officials say the proposal calls for building an illuminated arch and a new level paving pattern around the theater's entrance, as well as more trees, greenery and seating areas.

The theater and city would each pay $400,000.

The Music Hall is also expected to upgrade the theater's exterior, including the trim, windows and the damaged marquee.

The City Council has voted to move the proposal to the city's cultural commission to authorize the theater to proceed with a project review.

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