Ormond Beach officials seek $600,000 grant for performing arts center

ORMOND BEACH — Calling it a treasure for the community, city officials recently submitted an application for a $600,000 ECHO grant for renovations to the performing arts center.

Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to request the grant at a March 22 commission meeting.

The ECHO grant application will be for the maximum allowable of $600,000, with the City of Ormond Beach providing $810,384 in cash from general fund reserves for the project. The renovations are estimated at a total cost of $1.4 million.

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Loretta Moisio, grants coordinator for the city of Ormond Beach, said the application was submitted on March 24.

“From then on, they will examine it to detect any shortcomings,” Moisio said. “If they determine that there are any deficiencies that need to be addressed, they will let us know. And this will need to be submitted by April 28. ECHO’s advisory board will organize a tour and eligibility meeting and this will take place May 25.

Moisio said ECHO’s advisory board will determine what the funding recommendations will be on June 16.

If approved, the project would include the renovation of the center lobby; creation of a donor wall, improving the appearance of the exterior facade; modifications to the lobby staircase for public safety and aesthetics; modifications to toilets to ensure full accessibility; the addition of a major art installation; upgraded flooring, window and wall coverings in the lobby, concession area and hallways; and an awning to shelter at the entrance in case of bad weather.

Volusia ECHO is a property tax-funded program that channels money toward protecting the county’s environmental, cultural, historic, and outdoor resources. Voters first approved the popular program by referendum in 2000, renewing it for 20 years in the last general election.

“Artistic outlet”

Mayor Bill Partington said the performing arts center is a cultural asset to the community.

“We are so lucky to have this incredible cultural and artistic outlet for people in the community,” Partington said. “It has such a comfortable feel. You feel close as a spectator to what is happening on stage. But it can hold about 500 people.

“The most important thing is that it’s for the whole community. There really are all kinds of entertainment opportunities (at PAC) and people can affordably have a date night with their spouse, significant other or family members. That’s why I think it’s an integral part of our recreation services. »

“Community Effort”

Les Amis du PAC is a community group dedicated to ensuring that renovations take place while working closely with the city.

“We are just a group of eight people who are volunteers who love the performing arts center,” said Lucy Jackman, President of Friends of PAC. “We are in partnership with the city. We chose the architect and paid these expenses. It’s a big project and we might have to shut down for eight months to a year to do it. That’s a bit of a downside. But we have to do it to do it.

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Jackman said this project is a community effort and even after the project launches, fundraising will continue.

“So many people have unanimously supported this project, which is amazing,” she said. “When the building is closed, Friends of PAC will continue to fundraise. Now we’ll have to do it somewhere else, maybe at the senior center. One of our biggest goals is to bring in artists. We want to bring in people who we think would benefit PAC. Another goal is to hopefully bring performances that younger people will also attend.

“Modern Atmosphere”

Marc Schwartz, daily operations supervisor at the center, said the renovations will help give it a more current and modern feel.

“It opened in 1991 and you can kind of get a sense that it has a bit of that ’90s look,” Schwartz said. “We really want to create that customer experience that you want to have when people come into a performing arts venue, which is to say, they walk into a big space where the artists’ big dreams come to life.”

Erica Van Buren covers general missions and Ormond Beach government for The Daytona Beach News-Journal and USA TODAY Network. Connect with her at [email protected] or on Twitter: @EricaVanBuren32

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