by Mike Henry
KBYG - Special to NewsWest 9
BIG SPRING - Due to a lawsuit settlement over ADA issues, Big Spring's historic municipal auditorium has been closed for over two years now, awaiting much needed renovations.
Those improvements are much closer to beginning now as Big Spring City Council has approved a contract with engineering firm Parkhill, Smith and Cooper.
On Tuesday night, the City Council saw a presentation of proposed improvements to the auditorium that designers say would meet the needs of disabled patrons but also preserve important historic components.
$500,000 was set aside last year for auditorium improvements and officials say the proposed renovations should fall within those funds. Improvements will include new handrails, expanded front steps, seating, toilets, stage access and more. The new designs also include covering the old orchestra pit and expanding the stage further out toward the audience.
The historic auditorium could be ready for the next season of the Big Spring Symphony, which calls the venue home.