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|Denial of Orpheum Grant Request Explained
|What might be considered to be a technicality, or an oversight that the Orpheum Theatre had nothing to do with, might have been the reason the theatre didn't get a federal economic stimulus grant its president had hoped would fund major repairs and renovations at the nearly century-old facility.
Kate Francis told the Knox County Civic Center Authority Board Tuesday the reason the $500,000 "Save America's Treasures Grant" was denied by the National Parks Service had to do with the historical district designation the theatre sits in.
Francis tells WGIL apparently something was missing in that designation. "The Galesburg Historic District, which lies on the National Register of Historic Places, is supposedly on the National Register not for national significance, but for state significance," Francis said.
Francis tells WGIL while she understands the issue of state significance was why the theatre was ineligible, on the other hand, who knew that's actually what the designation was? "When I pulled up the application, the actual application submitted in 1976, there is a place on the application for the National Parks Service to have indicated whether it was a federal- or state-significant district. That was not marked."
Francis says others she talked to were under the understanding that the National Register designation was made based on national significance and not state. She says she's looking into the matter further, and wants to see if the district can even be re-designated if necessary.
She says if it were done quickly enough, it could help should the "Save America's Treasures" grant be made available again in the future.
|01 27 10 by Newsroom
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