Wayne State to break ground on performing arts building
Wayne State University is breaking ground on a major project for theater, music and dance.
Campus officials and others are scheduled to gather Thursday night to mark construction of the $65 million Gateway Performance Complex and the future home of the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center.
The Performance Complex will have three theaters, production space for students and a cafe for guests who attend performances. Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre will be renovated to become a 200-seat jazz center named for Valade, a Detroit area philanthropist and granddaughter of the founder of Carhartt Clothing.
To make way for the development, the David Mackenzie House next door to the Hilberry Theatre is being uprooted.