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Buddy Holly Hall represents economic, cultural growth in West Texas

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

For several years, Lubbock Entertainment/Performing Arts Association has been working to bring a world-class performing arts facility to West Texas.

While there is still a lot of work ahead before the Buddy Holly Hall opens, the building is starting to take form, bringing a new wave of excitement for downtown Lubbock. 

Tim Collins, LEPAA board chairman said the arts benefit Lubbock's economy to the tune of $88 million. 

"When the first cultural arts district study was done about 10 years ago, arts had an economic impact in Lubbock of about 44 million dollars," Collins said."A re-certification study was done a couple months ago and within the last couple years, that number has doubled."

Collins said that is a driving force behind the project. The process began about five years ago with donations from the CH and Helen Jones Foundations. 

"That's how we've been able to move this quickly," Collins said. "We got started on those architectural plans early." 

It broke ground in May 2017. It was not until a few months ago, the project became physically noticeable. 

"Six or nine months we were working in the basement, getting all the preinventory stuff done, and it didn't look like there was much happening but man when this steel started up it really started to pop," Collins said.

The 200,000 square foot project costs about $154 million. Almost every day nearly 300 employees from various companies are on site. 

"It was very important to us that we get local people involved, to have ownership in the work, proud of what they've done and to talk about how important this project is going to be to the community going forward," Collins said.

The hall is not just for performers and patrons. 

"The LISD Theatre is being constructed here on the west side," Collins said. "The multipurpose area, the ballet, student center area is going to be constructed but all of that is outside of what we see now as the main hall." 

This provides both hundreds of Lubbock ISD and Ballet Lubbock students an opportunity to learn, train, and perform in a world class facility. 

"That's a big project for Lubbock, Texas no doubt," Collins said. "But it's going to be here before you know it, opening night is going to be here before we know it and there's a lot of work left to do obviously." 

Collins expects the hall to be completed by early 2020. Donations are still being accepted as the final touches such as art work still await funding. Click here if you are interested in donating or want to learn more about LEPAA. 

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