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Construction of renewed amphitheater approved

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. -- The Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees approved the final design and construction plans for the Amphitheater renewal project.

The design look very similar to the current amphitheater, but changes include fewer pillar to improve sight lines, expanding the bowl with new seating, and improving accessibility, that will be ADA-compliant.

Construction of the $41.5 million project will begin in early February and continue in the months prior to the 2016 Chautauqua season. Initial work will include preparing the site, and infrastructure development.

The construction contract was awarded to LPCiminelli, Inc., of Buffalo, New York.

This summer, the board of trustees voted to go through with plans to demolish the Chautauqua Amphitheater and build a new one in its place, to modernize the space.

Preservationists had hoped to save the historic amphitheater, and more than 2600 people signed a petition in opposition of the project.

The amphitheater has been named as one of the country's most-endangered historic place.

Construction will pause for the 2016 season, then resume in the fall.

The grand opening of the renewed Amp is slated for Chautauqua's 2017 season.





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