Lenoir City Council recently approved more renovations at the Lenoir High School Auditorium. The improvements will help the City rebrand the venue as The Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School and bring more events into Downtown Lenoir.
Council approved the first round of improvements in January of this year. Phase one included gutting and rebuilding two bathrooms on the lower floor of the facility. Phase one also included installing and painting six new doors, sanding and refinishing the stage floor, and replacing some of the stage curtains. The budget for phase one was $86,384, funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money.
During the December 7 meeting, Council approved a second round of renovations, which will also be funded with CDBG money. Phase two includes painting the walls and ceiling of the entry and main lobby area, repairing the roof over the entry lobby, painting the stage walls, replacing the carpet in the lobby and installing new roof gutters on the auditorium building. The budget for phase two is $105,219.
Last year, Foothills Performing Arts (FPA) decided to move their performances from the local civic center to LHS. FPA performed just one show at the LHS auditorium in early 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic.
FPA kicked off the holidays earlier this month with six, free Christmas shows. In addition to FPA, the Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School also hosts various meetings, summer camps, local concerts, recitals, pageants, and more. Precision Contracting Company (PCC) was the low bidder for the phase one and phase two improvements. PCC will start on phase two work on or before Jan. 3, 2022, and should be finished by May 30, 2022.