“Improvements are coming to The Plaza Live venue in Orlando, thanks in part to a $10 million grant from the county to fund the renovations,” writes Adrienne Cutway in Tuesday’s (4/23) ClickOrlando.com. “The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, which owns the 53-year-old [concert and events] venue, announced Tuesday that the Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved using $10 million in tourist development tax dollars to fund the project. Private philanthropy will also help pay for renovations…. Phase I of the project began in 2013 with improvements to the rehearsal area, backstage and office spaces. The second phase will involve transitioning ownership of the building to the city of Orlando. A long-term lease will allow the Orlando Philharmonic to continue using and maintaining the building. The third and final phase that involves renovations will begin … this year. Construction is expected to last a few years and will include improving accessibility, upgrading the lobby, restrooms and front facade of the venue.” Orlando Philharmonic Board President Mary Palmer said, “We look forward to enhancing the experience and utilization of The Plaza Live, which will provide increased financial support for the Philharmonic and is a part of our long-term sustainability plan and growth.”

Posted April 24, 2019