Lebowsky Center owner gets break from the state

posted by steelbeard1 on December 9, 2009 at 7:40 am

OWOSSO, MI — At the November 30 meeting of the Owosso City Council, city officials announced that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority has approved the extension of the Vibrant Small Cities grant to the Owosso Community Players giving them more time to use the grant money to help rebuild the fire-gutted Lebowsky Center.

During Monday’s City Council meeting, officials announced the Michigan State Housing Development Authority approved the city’s request to amend a Vibrant Small Cities grant to allow additional time for the reconstruction of the facility, which City Manager Joe Fivas said gives the city “the ability to move forward.”

According to the letter from MSHDA, the city must have an environmental review and execute a construction contract prior to April 30, 2010, and the expenditure and reimbursement of funds must occur prior to Sept. 30.

The full details can be found in the Argus-Press.

The Owosso Main Street Board has voted to help in Owosso Community Players in acquiring matching funds for the Vibrant Small Cities Initiative grant to assist in rebuilding the fire-gutted Lebowsky Center. Argus Press .

The Main Street Board will self bond for two years the $350,000 needed for the matching funds required to receive the grant money.

Details can be found in the Argus-Press.

The Owosso City Council approved the amended Vibrant Small Cities grant to help pay for rebuilding the fire-gutted Lebowsky Center,

The Owosso Community Players, which owns the theater, has taken out a loan to match the $350,000 grant money. The funds will pay for rebuilding the walls and roof of the theater. Full restoration is expected to cost $5 million. The OCP hopes to have the theater fully restored in 2012.

News reports can be found in the Argus-Press at http://argus-press.com/articles/2009/12/08/news/news1.txt and video from WJRT at http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/video?id=7158571#global

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markp on December 14, 2009 at 7:47 am

So I’m guessing its another winter of whats left of the interior is exposed to the weather ?

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