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|FIRST ON WGIL: Orpheum Not Receiving Federal Grant for Renovations
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 12/16/09, UPDATED 11:31am 12/17/09 The Orpheum Theatre will not receive money it had hoped for in order to make major renovations to the nearly century-old structure.
As reported first on WGIL, Orpheum Theatre president Kate Francis says she learned Wednesday afternoon that the theatre was not one of the recipients of federal economic stimulus funds in the form of a "Save America's Treasures" grant. In fact, only one project in Illinois was selected out of the list of applicants according to the grant's administrator, the National Park Service.
Francis tells WGIL she is sorry the theatre didn't get the money.
"I tend to be a person that looks toward the positive side," Francis said. "We really have had a lot of community support coming out in advance of this unfortunate news from the federal level. It doesn't mean that we aren't going to address the critical issues of the theatre."
The Orpheum was hoping for $500,000 in federal funds for the renovation of the building and its heating and air conditioning systems, among other projects. The theatre had actively been seeking public funding in the form of another $500,000 needed in matching funds in order for the grant to be secured, and had so far about half of that confirmed, including money from the City of Galesburg, Carl Sandburg College, Knox County, and others.
Francis says she will meet with some of those who contributed the matching funds to see if they would be willing to contribute at least some of those funds anyway. She says she'll have to prioritize the projects she wanted to pay for with the grant.
(WGIL News File Photo)
|12 17 09 by Newsroom
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