CL Hoover Opera House purchases building in downtown Junction City, plans to begin expansion in 2022
JUNCTION CITY (KSNT) – A piece of Northeastern Kansas history is about to get a bit bigger. the CL Hoover Opera House purchased an adjoining building in downtown Junction City. This is the first phase of a $ 1.75 million project.
The CL Hoover Opera House bought 131 West 7th Street. It currently operates from 135 and 133 West 7th Street, which are connected from the inside.
Development director Sheila Markley said they plan to connect this new building to the existing complex.
“This project, by purchasing this, makes our resort even bigger,” said Markley. “Everything will be accessible to all buildings from inside and outside. They just look like three separate buildings.
Markley said the CL Hoover Opera House plans to expand its existing youth education programs next year. She said this new building will provide more space to make this possible.
“This spring we are expanding our program to include an academy of fine arts, which is essentially private music lessons. I mean voice, piano, dance, guitar, theater, ”Markley said. In addition, we are going to adopt a program called Act One. This is another after-school program for 4th and 5th grade students.
The opera house plans to renovate the new building to house two rehearsal rooms on the upper floor. Markley said the first floor will house the offices of the Junction City Little Theater and the Junction City Arts Council. She said it will also house a permanent art studio for the council.
Markley said they are still looking for grants and donations for this project. She said they plan to start construction in the fall of 2022 and that construction is expected to take a year.
Donations for this project can be made to the CL Hoover Opera, 135 W. 7th, Junction City, KS 66441. Anyone wishing more information can call the Opera at (785) 238-3906 or email [email protected]