Mayor still wants change to Opera House design

December 8, 2012

Once again, a proposal is going to be made to change plans for the Opera House. If approved at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Granbury City Council, it could mean another delay of up to three months.

On Thursday afternoon, City Manager Wayne McKethan confirmed that Mayor Rickie Pratt has asked him to put on next week’s meeting agenda another discussion about the Opera House renovation project.

At the previous council meeting almost two weeks ago, the council agreed to move forward with plans drawn up by architect Brian Gaffin rather than follow Pratt’s wishes of incorporating the St. Helen’s building next door so that the theater could be expanded.

The Opera House project already has seen long delays.

McKethan said that Pratt is wanting to discuss – again – adding a basement area for storage, as well as an orchestra pit. He has a background in the theater industry.

McKethan said that, while Pratt’s proposed changes would cause a delay, it might actually save the city a modest amount on construction costs.

“The design takes the backstage down to one story instead of two, as well as creates an orchestra pit and storage under the stage,” McKethan said.

The possible additional delay on the Opera House did not sit well with Barbara Stevenson, who has a business on the square. She said she contacted the city secretary’s office to ask about procedures for a recall election for Pratt.

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