Winston-Salem has plan for theater district

POSTED: 8:45 AM Sep 11 2013   UPDATED: 5:33 PM Sep 11 2013

Arts officials in Winston-Salem have released a plan for an $80 million theater district that they say would improve the quality of life in the area.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County unveiled the plan Tuesday.

Winston-Salem attorney Greg Scott says the council he chairs thinks that building the theater district would attract more visitors.

The plan calls for creating a cluster of arts and cultural venues along a street and park to serve as a city gathering place.

The council estimates it would take 10 years to complete the project that would include a new theater of about 600 seats. Other features include a National Black Theatre Hall of Fame, renovations to the existing Stevens Center and a new central library.