SPAC Renovations On Hold
Budget Freeze Means SPAC Renovation Projects Must Wait
Saratoga Springs NY -- The remaining renovations planned for Saratoga Performing Arts Center have gone on hold due to the state's financial situation, which caused a freeze in funds for the organization.
In May 2008, Bruno announced that the state-awarded $7 million would be used by SPAC for renovations to the amphitheatre with an expected completion date of May 2009. While some of the projects were completed in the first few phases, such as the roof, entrance, back stage and inside seating, the fourth phase of renovations, totaling $2.5 million, must wait.
The projects that have gone on hold include the planned fiber optic lighting system, which would replace the existing globe lights while making the venue more energy efficient. The new clear panel railing, ramp, sound system, restroom and outer facade updates must also wait.
The renovations to SPAC were slowed after board-approved design plans for the amphitheatre's outer facade were made public. The plans, drawn up by Saratoga Associates, called for layers of wavy, tan (but "green") material to replace the dark wood siding that covers the exterior currently. The public's stark distaste for the design (some compared the design to a stack of pancakes) and disapproving sentiments from SPAC officials sent plans to replace the facade back to the drawing board.
Final renovations to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will be put on hold at least until the 2009 fiscal year begins in April.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is an acoustically ideal outdoor amphitheatre and entertainment venue located in Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs NY. The venue plays host to both the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as various other world-class performing artists -- from opera to pop.