Hylton Performing Arts Center to open in Prince William County on May 21

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Prince William County’s first dedicated performing arts center will open May 21 with a weekend of gala activities for the public. The $46 million, 85,000-square-foot center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William County campus.

Under construction for two years, the project represents a partnership between the county, George Mason, the city of Manassas, the state of Virginia, and private individuals and businesses. It’s named for the Cecil D. and Irene V. Hylton Foundation of Dale City, which contributed $5 million. The center’s 1,121-seat Merchant Hall is named in honor of another $1 million gift from Carol Merchant Kirby and Peter Kirby. 

Mrs. Kirby is a member of Mason’s Prince William campus advisory board and the university’s board of visitors.

Public officials say the nine-story copper, glass and masonry center is expected to provide a direct economic impact of $7 million annually.  In addition to 200 jobs creating during the construction phase, it will generate new full and part-time jobs and increased demand for restaurants and other businesses.



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