LeTourneau University To Build Performance Arts Center

LeTourneau University unveiled plans for a new $15 million chapel and performance center.    
  University officials said the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center will begin construction in Spring of 2005.
  The 72,000 square foot building will seat 2,000 people. It will be primarily used as the student chapel and for christian concerts.
 Jim Hughey, Vice President of  University Advancement for LeTorneau University said the new center will not conflict with the proposed Gregg County performance arts center.
 "We see ours as a compliment to what they're going to do," he said. "Ours is a different venue. Ours is bigger. So we think we will be able to add to what they're doing with the county project.
$9.2 million, of the needed $15 million to build the university's center, has already been raised through private donations. The university will kick off public fundraising August 12th. Voters will decide later in the year if they want to pay for Gregg County's proposed $35.7 million center.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com