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Public input sought April 22 on NMSU's Arts Complex

New Mexico State University's Facilities Planning and Construction Department is inviting Las Cruces and surrounding-area residents, the media and the campus community to provide input on plans for the proposed Arts Complex.

Status of the Arts Complex will be presented at a special meeting open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the second-floor lobby of Corbett Center.

Phase-one funding of $19 million has been passed by the New Mexico Legislature and will be included in the 2008 General Obligation Bond election.

"This meeting is to talk about what the ultimate project will be and to begin to understand better what we can do in the first phase," said Michael Rickenbaker, university architect and director of Facilities Planning and Construction at NMSU.

Rickenbaker hopes for discussion of how all the pieces will fit into the site and to get some ideas of what the complex would be like 10 or 15 years from now.

"It's important to have public input because it is such an important development on the campus along University Avenue," Rickenbaker said.

The proposed complex would mix both private and public funds to develop a significant and noteworthy addition to the campus. Phase one is anticipated to provide a new performance facility and art gallery. The estimated cost of the first phase of the project is $37.5 million, Rickenbaker said.

For more information contact Orasa T. Vaught, project manager, at (575) 646-4549 or e-mail her at orasa@nmsu.edu.