7/29/14 12:45 p.m.
This morning construction crews finished digging the hole for the orchestra pit within the former Central auditorium just as board members were breaking ground on the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
Gary Heminger, CEO of Marathon Petroleum, said that with this addition, to which his company gave the naming donation, all the bases are covered in Findlay.
Audio: Gary Heminger
As opposed to creating a sports complex or another type of community space, Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik said an arts center went hand-in-hand with saving Central.
Audio: Lydia Mihalik
The project is estimated to cost $15 million, 13 coming from private donations and 2 coming from a public fundraising campaign that started today. The project will renovate the current Central theater as well as create an art gallery, education and multipurpose space and is expected to be complete in 2015.
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