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$250,000 sought for Federal Building renovation

August 13, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

The Community Arts Center will apply for a $250,000 Renaissance Kentucky grant that, unlike most arts-related grants, could be used for renovation of the Federal Building on Main Street.

A public hearing on the application will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Both the numbers of people in attendance and those who speak are important because a tape recording of the session will be sent to the state, said Wilma Brown, executive director of the CAC.

The group will soon begin to solicit funds from businesses and corporations. Half of the group's goal has already been raised. More than 200 individuals have pledged $186,000 to the project. Danville City Commission approved $400,000 to spend on air conditioning, heating and an elevator.

William M. Welch Architects of Louisville have been hired.

A 10-page brochure to solicit corporate donations explains that the center will be a hub of cultural activities in downtown that will draw people and become an integral part of the social and economic revitalization of the area, according to Brown. Dixon Design put the brochure together free of charge.

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Brown said the organization needs people to write letters of support for the Renaissance grant. Those can be addressed to Mayor John W.D. Bowling and sent to city hall.



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