The hub of all this revitalization is the renovation and expansion of the Delphi Opera House on the Carroll County Courthouse square.
The plan is to create a community center with a 200-seat auditorium and multipurpose rooms for weddings, conferences, debates, theater and musical events that will draw people downtown.
The Delphi Preservation Society owns the property at 109 S. Washington St. and is on its way to securing $1.5 million to pay its share of the $4 million dollar project.
“To date, we have $300,000 in donations and pledges toward the $1.5 million,” said Anita Werling, chairwoman of the society’s Opera House Advisory Board.
The group’s fundraising goal is to obtain $850,000 from foundations and corporate sponsorships plus $650,000 from individual donors and events.
“DPS has a proven track record of obtaining money for a specific purpose and successfully completing the work,” Werling said.
The $2.5 million balance will be funded through grants from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Office of Rural and Community Affairs.
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