Jefferson Parish May Name Arts Center After Late Senator

METAIRIE, LA (AP) — The Jefferson Parish Council will vote this week on name the Jefferson Performing Arts Center theater after the late Sen. Ken Hollis.

         Hollis was persistent in securing tens of millions of dollars from the Louisiana Legislature to build the Metairie center.

         NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune’s Adriane Quinlan reports the parish council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on naming the center's theater for Hollis, who died in 2010 at age 68.

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         The latest predication is that the theater will open this spring at a cost of $54.5 million, more than double the initial estimates. It's six years behind schedule.

         Councilman Paul Johnston, whose district includes the site, said he and Councilman Elton Lagasse put forward Hollis' name to honor the senator's devotion to the 17-year effort.

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