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Roanoke’s Center in the Square to host grand reopening

Courtesy Roanoke Valley CVB

ROANOKE, Virginia — Center in the Square will unveil its $30 million renovation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 18.

The now seven-story, 200,000-square-foot cultural complex in the heart of downtown Roanoke, has been completely renovated during a a 19-month period while the resident organizations moved to temporary locations.

Among updated features is an open-air, green environment rooftop area with gardens, a koi pond, a party facility, an overlook deck and energy-saving technologies.

The fifth floor is home to a butterfly habitat while the ground floor atrium has a 6,000-gallon living coral reef, saltwater aquarium and two 500-gallon moon jellyfish aquariums, joined by a seahorse estuary.

Center in the Square houses four independent cultural organizations — the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the History Museum of Western Virginia, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture and Mill Mountain Theatre.