Orlando City Commissioners gave the official nod Monday to finish the final phase of the $500 million Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The approval sets the stage for the $227 million Steinmetz Hall and acoustical theater to be built. The center is scheduled to break ground on the new addition March 6 with a 2020 completion date.

The performing arts center lacked $14 million in funding but Jim Pugh, chairman of the Dr. Phillips Center, told the media after the unanimous commission vote that he along with other donors would make up the deficit.

“We’ve been working toward this for 13 years, and now we can do that last piece,” Pugh said.

The 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall will be the future home of the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Orlando.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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