DAN HEATH Press-Republican
PLATTSBURGH — Progress continues on work to convert the former Strand Theatre into The Strand Performing Arts Center.
Leigh Mundy, president of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Board of Directors, said it is an approximately $4 million project. That includes $3.5 million in funding and $500,000 in in-kind services.
“I feel we are about $800,000 from our goal,” she said.
As of December, the project had received $1.36 million. That includes $568,000 from community members; $201,000 from the business community; $435,000 from state grants; $119,000 from federal grants; and $36,500 from foundations.
Another $463,235 in grant funds will be reimbursed once work is complete.
The Strand Restoration Project applied for a grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation in September and received word in January that it would receive a grant of $150,000. A foundation request to have the orchestra pit named for Charles R. Wood will be honored, Mundy said.
The Strand was named a priority project in the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. It was awarded $397,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation when the funding announcements were made in December.
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