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Who’s Building L.A. (November 5): The Music Center (Plaza Renovation) – DOWNTOWN

■ $40 million renovation to the Music Center Plaza
■ Capacity of the Plaza will double to more than 5000 people
■ Standalone buildings are being added to the space, with offerings that will include a restaurant, coffee house, and wine bar

The Music Center is already LA’s home to many of the world’s greatest artistic programs and events and a place for Angelenos to join together for meaningful experiences. Plus, the venue serves as an ideal place to welcome all to the heart of the Civic Center. What’s next for the Music Center is its forthcoming Plaza Renovation.

The $40-million renovation of the Music Center’s Plaza is now in full swing.

The project, which began construction in January, is being redesigned by Rios Clementi Hale Studios as a new front door to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Mark Taper Forum.

Plans call for widening and flattening the Plaza’s Grand Avenue entrance to open the space to Grand Park, which will double its capacity to 5,000 people. Standalone buildings are also being added to the space, with offerings that will include a restaurant, a coffee house, and a wine bar.

The Jacques Lipchitz-designed Peace on Earth sculpture, currently located at the middle of the plaza, will be relocated to a new spot on the site.

The idea behind the expansion is that LA still needs more open public space that invites the community to engage on many different levels, from encountering art in surprising and unexpected ways, to public programming, or enjoying a good book under the canopy of shade trees. From savoring a delicious meal before a night at the theatre, to sipping coffee or a glass of wine, to enjoying time spent with family and friends, The Music Center Plaza is poised to be a space that all can enjoy.

This is not just a plaza strictly for the performing arts. It is a plaza for Los Angeles. A plaza that is, in and of itself, will be a destination. A warm, welcoming public space that offers an open invitation to all and a front door, now even wider, to The Music Center.

Completion of the renovation is anticipated in Spring 2019.

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