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Construction nearly complete on PRCC's Brownstone Center

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The Brownstone Center for the Arts will seat nearly 1,000 people. The Brownstone Center for the Arts will seat nearly 1,000 people.
POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) -

Construction is nearly complete on a multi-million dollar, showcase arts facility that's been 13 years in the making at Pearl River Community College. In just a couple of months, the long-awaited, Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts will be open.

The $11 million auditorium was paid for primarily with funds from a private endowment. It will seat nearly 1,000 people and will host concerts, plays and other special events.

A grand opening concert on Sept. 24 will feature the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

"The Brownstone Center was designed and built to be the signature facility on this campus," said Dr. William Lewis, president of Pearl River Community College. "And we think it has the capabilities of doing some very special things for not only the college, but the local community as well. There will be very few centers, if any, like this in rural Mississippi," he said.

Also, construction is progressing on two other nearby projects on the Poplarville campus. A $10 million basketball coliseum could be open by November and a $3.1 million, 60-bed men's dormitory should be ready to house students by the end of the fall semester.

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