Thursday’s (7/29) Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colorado) reports, “The Grand Junction Symphony Board unanimously voted last week to endorse the Avalon renovation plan presented last month by design firm Westlake Reed & Leskosky and move forward with tentative plans to make the Avalon the symphony’s new home. The symphony and Downtown Development Authority split a $75,000 bill for Westlake Reed & Leskosky to create a business and renovation plan for the Avalon Theatre, which is owned by the city of Grand Junction. The firm presented a $13 million, three-phase renovation plan a month ago in Grand Junction designed to make the Avalon a more suitable spot for the symphony and other groups to perform. At the plan’s unveiling June 29, Symphony Executive Director Michael Schwerin said he would like to move the symphony from” Grand Junction High School where it currently performs, “to the Avalon if possible, but he needed about four weeks to decide whether the symphony approved of the results. The symphony board adopted a resolution supporting the plan right before the end of that timeline. … After speaking with community members involved in the arts, Schwerin said he believes a campaign for the three-phase project ‘is extremely doable.’ ”

Posted July 30, 2010