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THEARC'S $34M Expansion to Kick Off Later This Month

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The third and final phase of the $34 million expansion of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) will begin later this month with a groundbreaking on October 22. $10.1 million has been raised so far for the $12.5 million fundraising effort for this phase, as reported by the Washington Business Journal. With designs by Alexandria-based Sanchez Palmer Architects, THEARC's new building will provide space for a larger Children's Health clinic, a black box theater, a gallery-educational center from the Phillips Collection, as well as a space for the the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys and the Appletree Institute for Education and Innovation. There are also plans for a teaching kitchen and café. Washington Business Journal reported that this construction will displace a pair of playgrounds and a basketball court, which will later be replaced. The delivery for this development is slated for 2017. Currently, the 110,000-square-foot space, opened in October 2005, is occupied by 10 nonprofits and a 365-seat community theater. The venue has hosted President Barack Obama twice, NASA, and Yoko Ono.

· WC Smith to embark on $34M expansion of THEARC. Have a look inside and out (Video) [Washington Business Journal]
· THEARC is expanding! Phase III to include children's health center, boy's school, pre-school, art gallery, black box theater & cafe!
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