It’s a cooperative venture between the city and East Tennessee State University. Johnson City commissioners previously approved up to eight million dollars for ETSU’s fine arts center.
That investment would allow the university to expand the facility by about 500 seats and guarantee community access, but the university has yet to sign that memo, which expired at the end of December.
“If they are going to do this and if people want to accept our donation and our finances to it then they need to make a decision on it. I think it helps the architect and helps give me an idea as to how I plan for a budget “, said Mayor Clayton stout
Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the deal until April so the Tennessee board of regents can approve the plan.
University leaders blamed the delay on bad timing with the holidays and proposed changes to the TBR which oversees ETSU.
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