Pantheon Project

Sun-Commercial file photo | The former Pantheon Theatre at 428 Main St. has been renamed — again. Now it's to be known as The Pantheon: A Business and Innovation Center. The scaled-down facility is expected to be open this coming spring.

Now to be The Pantheon: A Business and Innovation Theatre

Members of the Pantheon Board made quick work of just a little monthly business Wednesday afternoon.

Three of the five members — just enough for a quorum — met briefly at City Hall, 203 Vigo St., to pay about $129,000 in claims associated with the ongoing transformation of the Pantheon Theatre at 428 Main St. into a small business incubator and shared workspace.

A separate operating board has been charged with overseeing day-to-day operations; it, as well as its various committees, are said to be meeting regularly to establish things like fee schedules, rental requirements and marketing campaigns.

Most recently, the operating board changed the building's official name for a third time. Initially, it was to be the Pantheon Business Theater, then the Pantheon Education Center; it's now The Pantheon: A Business and Innovation Theatre.

No one was on hand Wednesday from either Wolfe Construction, the local company overseeing construction, or Myszak and Palmer Architecture and Development, but Pantheon Board members said they believe everything was going well as the project enters its sixth month.

It's on track, they say, to be finished by April 1.

The overall scope of the work includes the construction of new, larger men's and women's restrooms on the main floor, a full redesign of the theater's main stage as an event space, an open-concept shared workspace in the center and three offices available for rent around the perimeter.

Renovations of the second floor and balcony had to be shelved as bids this spring came in too high. But an elevator will still be installed to allow access to the second and third floors and plumbing, electric, etc. run so those improvements can be made later.

The Pantheon building itself is jointly owned by the city and county; elected officials agreed to split the $2.4 million cost.

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