Vaud-Villities, which has been tucked into a corner of the former Northland Mall site since 2005, is expected to move to a newly remodeled portion of the former JCPenney building in the spring.

Vaud-Villities, which has been tucked into a corner of the former Northland Mall site since 2005, is expected to move to a newly remodeled portion of the former JCPenney building in the spring.

In planning the space, the goal was to create a performing arts center that would serve as a resource to the community and be able to accommodate many different types of professional and amateur performances, said Kent Stuckey, chairman of the board for Vaud-Villities.

Work has already begun on the 30,000-square-foot portion of the building, with plans for a box-office entryway leading to a 5,000-square-foot lobby, as well as a board room, commercial kitchen and a green room, among other things.

The highlight of the building will be an 11,000-square-foot, black-box performance space, Stuckey said.

That space will be able to be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate nearly any type of performance, he said.

"That's a very large, flexible-use space," he said.

There also will be a 750-square-foot ensemble room that could be used for rehearsals or small performances. It will have soundproofing and equipment in place so the space also can be used as a recording studio.

At the rear of the building will be a large warehouse space that will be used to store Vaud-Villities' large collection of sets.

All of the other rooms will have doors leading to the warehouse, meaning that the smaller rooms could be used as green rooms for a large-scale show, because performers would have access to the large performance area through the warehouse, Stuckey said.

Vaud-Villities also will give a facelift to the outside of the building.

Plans for a 9-and-a-half-foot-by-12-and-a-half-foot electronic sign currently are making their way through Columbus' zoning variance process.

That sign would announce upcoming shows, Stuckey said, and help to attract people to the site.

"That's very exciting and makes it a more attractive facility for the community," he said.

After Vaud-Villities takes ownership of the space this spring, Stuckey said he's not sure how long it will be before performances or activities are planned for the building.

"We've been so busy with specifications that we're just now rolling up our sleeves and beginning to look at programming and grand openings," Stuckey said. "Hopefully, we'll hit the ground running."

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