West Columbia, SC 8/12/2021 – Lexington Two was joined by a host of district and school officials, local political and business leaders and citizens on Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Center for performing arts and the district office.
The center, the final coin in the district’s $225 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014, sits on district-owned property at 3211 Platt Springs Road in Springdale. Construction is expected to take about two years.
Lexington Two Superintendent Dr. Nicolas Wade told the crowd gathered for the ceremony that “the large, state-of-the-art venue will provide space for performances, special events and district-wide occasions, which many schools do not have.”The center will include a two-level balcony that can accommodate approximately 1,550 people, as well as four meeting and event spaces. Upgraded stage lighting and sound systems, as well as changing rooms, storage and backstage areas, will ensure the center is equipped for a range of opportunities in dance, music, theater and more.
“This facility, I believe, makes a strong statement that we are a central, innovative and attractive neighborhood,” added Dr Wade.
Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop said the performing arts center site is one of the “last great pieces of real estate in the city.” Bishop added that officials appreciate the district’s commitment to the city and look forward to the great things the center will bring to the community.
The center’s primary mission is for use by students, schools, and district employees, with additional opportunities for use in professional development and planning, conferences, conventions, and student competitions nationwide. state, as well as community and cultural events, as space is available.
“This facility will provide endless opportunities for our students and at the same time, it will be a great way to bring this close community even closer together,” board chair Christina Rucker told the crowd. “There is something special about Lexington Two, and I have no doubt there will be something special about these performing arts
center. This new center will be magnificent, as will the performances that will take place here soon.
Lexington Two’s board of directors, which gave final approval to the project last month, is expected to decide on a name for the center in the coming weeks. A committee of stakeholders came up with three recommendations: Lexington Two Visual and Performing Arts Center (Lex2 V-PAC), Metropolitan Arts Center of Lexington Two (MAC of Lex2) and Midlands Arts Center of Lexington Two (MAC of Lex2).
The district office will move to the center, a move that will allow the space to be occupied continuously. The estimated cost of the project is $52 million.
CAPTION: Lexington Two board members, along with district and local officials, participate in Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.