Renderings show proposed Straz Center renovations

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Straz Center is on the way to becoming “a state-of-the-art performing arts complex,” Straz officials said Tuesday. Newly released renderings reveal proposed changes for the center.

“As it continues to evolve, the Straz Center will become a beacon for downtown, a bright spot attracting people to the Riverwalk and to our campus as an attraction, not just as a destination for seeing a show or attending a class at the Patel,” the Straz leaders said in a press release. “The Straz will become a gathering place, a cultural crossroads for the thrilling diversity of the Tampa Bay area’s people and as a sustainable campus whose architecture reflects thoughtful uses of the surrounding landscape and Hillsborough River.”

The Straz Center’s board approved a master plan and presented it to Mayor Bob Buckhorn, according to the press release. Straz leaders are now trying to determine funding sources for the $65-$100 million project.

“In 2012, the Straz Center assembled a Strategic Advisory Task Force to address growth, enrichment and funding for the evolving role of The Straz for the Tampa Bay region and for the national arts scene. This task force, in collaboration with community leaders and planners, began to create a new vision to elevate The Straz’s status as a cultural attraction and point of pride for the city,” the press release says.

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