Sister of Flushing’s Keith Needs Federal “Offset” Funding to Keep the Curtain Rising
HUNTINGTON, WV — Huntington’s Keith-Albee could meet the wrecker’s ball due to federal and state subsidizing of a competing 14-screen stadium multiplex one block away.
The Transit Authority, which is administering the federal portion of the project, claims it has complied with all historic and environmental laws. However, the TTA director claims that the Keith is not on the Federal Register.
The State Historic Preservation Officer, however, has said the theater is listed as part of the downtown historic district and entitled to all benefits of federal registration. But the Federal Transit Administration, TTA, and State Historic Preservation Office refuse to consider the impact upon the activities at the Keith.
Federal funding to “offset” impact of Pullman Square theatre upon Keith may be Keith’s only hope in this Appalachian community where financial movers and shakers have too much on their plates.
For the full report, read my story on the Graffitti Online website.
(Photo by David Fattaleh)