Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Time to step to Lumberyard Arts Center plate

October 6, 2005

We were pleased, again, to see the public's response to the Lumberyard Arts Center Project fundraiser fondly known at Blues & BBQ. The second-annual version was Saturday and there was a good turnout, despite the weather.

The event was moved inside the former lumberyard as a result of threatening skies. It's a good example of the building's worth for special events downtown. It's become a counted on venue for inclement weather, especially for Christmas-time activities.

Its value is obvious and we were so pleased to see that the LACP and the Baldwin State Bank, which owns the building, have come to an agreement for the future of the building.

That's another big step toward the eventual restoration of the grand old building, which has the potential to be a cornerstone of a refurbished downtown area.

But, there's still a long way to go on the project, which early estimates show could have a cost of around $500,000. There's already been a healthy, anonymous gift of $100,000, which represents the lion's share of the $120,000 or so raised for the project so far.

LACP leaders are seeking grants and other means for funding, too. But, when push comes to shove, it's going to be the people of Baldwin City that make this happen. We need to realize the importance and value that the building represents.

Let's all do what we can to make this dream come true.

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