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POLL: Proposed expansion at Von Braun Center

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The VBC proposed a major expansion project during Thursday night's Huntsville City Council meeting.   The project would cost an estimated $42 million.

Per the Von Braun Center's website, highlights of the project include:

-The addition of a new ballroom/multi-purpose space of 35,000 sq. ft. that will include an outdoor terrace.
-Renovation of the existing North Hall.
-The addition of 14,000 sq. ft. of breakout meeting space.
-New pre-function/lobby of 15,000 sq. ft.
-New concourse that will seamlessly connect to the existing South Hall concourse and the Embassy Suites hotel.
-Extension of the existing concourse leading from the Concert Hall and Arena to the newly constructed facilities.
-The addition of a new full-service kitchen.
-The extension of South Hall garage under the newly constructed facilities.
-The addition of a 1,200 capacity music hall and food and beverage venue.

To look at the presentation given to the Huntsville City Council, click here.

 

"​These changes to our facility will make it apparent we are serious about marketing to more groups. These groups are not able to come now," explained Bill Sullins, Treasurer of Huntsville Madison County Visitor's Bureau.

A lodging tax increase of 2% and a dollar surcharge for out-of-town visitors would pay for part of the expansion, officials said. A city council vote on the lodging tax is expected next month.

POLL

We want to know what you think.  Do you support a 2% lodging tax increase for the proposed VBC expansion?

Note: This poll is not scientific. It's merely a sampling of opinion.