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Liberty seeks grant to buy old theater for new arts center

August 07, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The City Council gave its support Wednesday to a proposal to purchase the former Kentuckian Theatre on Hustonville Street for an arts center.

The city's Renaissance Kentucky Committee will apply for funds as defined in the 2003 Downtown Revitalization Project to buy the former theatre and refurbish it for a community arts center. The Casey County Arts Council and The 21st Century Learning Center are working with the Renaissance committee on the project.

"The Arts Center will enhance the marketing effort to bring consumers to the downtown area and will save this historic building for a more productive use for the community," according to a resolution approved by the City Council.

Mayor Steve Sweeney said if the grant is approved, it will be used to purchase the building, which has been appraised at $140,000. Additional funds will be needed to renovate the building and install a sound system, lights and stage.

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Sweeney said razing the old fitness factory behind the theatre and just north of City Hall will provide additional parking. The fitness factory lot runs along Post Office Street and Beldon Avenue where parking is needed for the post office, a restaurant and other businesses.

He estimates 40 parking spaces in the area where the building is razed and another 15 in the city parking lot on Middleburg Street.

He said the city has made an effort to create as many parking spaces as possible. The current city parking lot will be sealed before the additional parking spaces will be marked off.



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