The Sacramento City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to spend $11 million for a facelift of downtown’s Memorial Auditorium. If it passes, the improvements will begin in June.
City project manager Desmond Harrington says there will be a variety of improvements. “Seating is a big one, obviously some of the interior fits and finishes, the rigging, the lighting, some of the acoustic improvements are all kind of the big elements of this,” he said.
The construction cost is set at $10.7 million. The renovation is part of a larger effort that also includes multimillion-dollar improvements to the convention center and community center theater.
The city will borrow the money from a water meter improvement fund to cover the Memorial renovations, and will pay it back with interest once bonds for the larger project are issued in the fall.
Harrington says traffic will be impacted on I Street during the construction to allow trucks full-time access to the building.
Work is expected to end in May of next year.