Historic preservation tax credits sought
Armory, Colony Theatre seeking additional funds
By Sam Shawver, email@example.com
POSTED: May 19, 2010
Hunt Brawley, director of the Hippodrome/Colony Historic Theatre Association, also sought and received approval for state historic preservation tax credits to help renovate the theatre in downtown Marietta.
“Our design was approved, but there were some minor issues we had to address,” he said. “It can be difficult as we’re trying to preserve an historic building, but incorporate some 21st Century standards, so the historic preservation folks have to give a little sometimes.”
Brawley said the association is also discussing the installation of solar panels on the theatre’s roof, but no firm decision has been made. And the group is currently applying for a grant from the Ohio Department of Development to renovate the theatre’s original geothermal air conditioning system.
But he added that the historic tax credits are most important to the Colony project.
“For us it’s critical,” Brawley said. “The funding represents about 50 percent of our entire project.”