Von Braun Center to Move Forward with Expansion
Huntsville City Council approves funding for expansion to Von Braun Center
Huntsville, AL July 13, 2017: The Huntsville City Council has approved a 2% lodging tax and $1 per room night surcharge at tonight’s city council meeting. The approval allows the Von Braun Center (VBC) to move forward with the proposed expansion plan that was presented to the public at the Huntsville City Council meeting on June 22, 2017 and again tonight. The expansion brings new business opportunity for the Von Braun Center, more entertainment to the patrons of Huntsville, as well as a polished fresh look to downtown Huntsville. The additional 113,000 square feet the expansion will provide to the already 483,000 square foot VBC will attract larger conferences as well as provide needed additional space and amenities for current clients and patrons.
Steve Maples, Executive Director of the Von Braun Center stated that, “This expansion project couldn’t have come at a more perfect time with the City of Huntsville recently releasing the Downtown Master Plan. Huntsville is growing and we need to grow with it to remain competitive. I am thrilled about this next chapter of the VBC and can’t wait to see what wonderful things it will bring to Huntsville.”
“Travel and tourism brought in $1.19 billion to our local economy in 2016, “said Judy Ryals, President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, “the highest economic impact to date, and it’s exciting to see our community growing to meet that demand. The updated meeting space, new music hall, and other renovations will ensure Huntsville remains a top meeting and travel destination for years to come.”
The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase will be the Music Hall and Food & Beverage component. The second will be the convention space and necessary renovations. Construction for the Music Hall is to start at the first of the year and is expected to be completed by May 2019.
“We are very pleased to be providing the Tennessee Valley with another outstanding music venue and are eager to get this project underway. The Music Hall addition will put the VBC on the map and right where it needs to be in comparison to other venues and cities of our size in the industry,” said Mike Vojticek.
The convention space and necessary renovations are expected to take 4 years from start to finish. This component will include an additional ballroom/multi-purpose space, more meeting rooms, a large kitchen equipped for serving a high number of plated meals, additional parking and needed renovations to the existing facility.
Bob Rogers, Vice President of Conventions, Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau said, “The Von Braun Center is such a dynamic space for meetings and other events, and with this expansion comes the opportunity to welcome an even larger variety of groups to Huntsville. The addition of breakout space, as well as the new ballroom, is vital to accommodating existing groups and attracting new business.”
For more information regarding the VBC Expansion plan visit www.vonbrauncenter.com/expansion.