City council votes yes to $800,000 renovation to women's bathroom at Belk Theater

by: Nate Stewart Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Charlotte city leaders approved a bid of more than $800,000 on upgrades to the women's bathroom at the Belk Theater.
The Blumenthal Preforming Arts Center has made its name hosting operas, plays and the symphony since the early 1990s.

The center's president said it's also known for long lines to the women's restroom.

City council voted to change that Monday night.

The theater asked the City of Charlotte, which owns the performing arts center, to spend $850,000 upgrading the bathroom's plumbing and doubling the number of stalls to 48.

Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard said the current setup doesn't meet the demand and is the biggest upgrade since the theater was built.

Gabbard said the new bathroom facilities will make a big difference in customer service and won't be over the top.

Construction will begin right away and is expected to be completed in 2014.