New grant sets the stage for historic theatre renovation
by Roxanne Werly | Published by UpNorthLive.com
MANISTEE — A historic renovation project in Manistee is getting a new financial boost, one that will help wrap up the fundraising campaign.
A grant of $503,592 has been approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to support the restoration of the Vogue Theatre.
“The renovation of this historic theatre into a vibrant entertainment venue will bring new vitality to downtown Manistee and serve as a catalyst for further positive activity in the community,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “We are pleased to support the efforts of the entire community in restoring the Vogue Theatre and bringing new life to the downtown area.”
The restoration project started in February, 2011, with construction crews starting phase one of the project two years later in February, 2013. Phase one focused on the interior demolition to get ready to pour concrete for new theatre floors.
The MEDC and Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee (HVTM) nonprofit must now enter into an agreement that establishes terms and conditions of the grant award involving allowable costs, schedules for use of funds and project completion, documentation of other restoration funding and others.
“The restoration and reopening of the Vogue Theatre will be a change agent for the Manistee community and this grant from the MEDC is the catalyst needed to make our vision and reality,” said Cyndy Fuller, Chair of the HVTM Board of Directors. “It is with the profound thanks of an entire community that we express our appreciation to the MEDC and the many staff throughout their organization that support our grant request.” The grant application was developed by the Alliance for Economic Success on behalf of the HVTM.
“This is a wonderful moment for the hundreds of people who have given their time and treasures to bring the Vogue Theatre back to life,” said Vogue volunteer leader Meg Voelker. “The MEDC clearly understood how their grant could leverage great things for art and entertainment while service as the rainmaker to bring businesses and jobs to what will become a bustling downtown Manistee.”