Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will undergo a $35 million expansion, which is set to include a new indoor concert space.
According to Cleveland.com, the Hall’s Vice President for Finance, Tim Offtermatt, told City Council that the expansion would connect the Rock Hall to the Great Lakes Science Center in North Coast Harbor with a multi-level structure built into the hillside between both museums. He said the council was interested in “maintaining the sight lines from the downtown to the water and from the water to downtown,” so the structure will not obstruct the view of Lake Erie.
“When we have live performances indoors (now), we have to shut the museum down,” he told the council’s Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee.
In addition to the new concert space, the Hall would have an additional 50,000 square feet added to the museum, more room would be added for food and beverages, as well as office and archives. Additionally, new classrooms will be implemented for various educational programs.
The lease must be approved by the City Council in order for the museum to lease the city-owned land in between the Hall and the science center. While the Development Committee signed off on the project already yesterday, the full City Council needs Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration to negotiate the lease. They can vote on the project as soon as next Monday, and if it is approved, the museum would begin the 36-month long expansion before the end of 2021.
Currently, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has an outside venue where artists can perform. This summer, various bands will perform at the space as a part of Vans Warped Tour‘s special 25th anniversary show, followed by a gig early August from the rockers of Interpol.