“This is the place I've been looking for since I was 13 years old,” Kinney said Thursday. “I've always known that Fort Wayne needed a place like this, and we just haven't had it.”
Kinney's plan is one of 10 projects that will split about $200,000 this year as part of the city's commercial fašade grant program. The grant program helps fund aesthetic improvements in key business districts. The other recipients are:
• Billy's Dugout, 3401 Fairfield Ave.
• Born Again Quilts, 4005 S. Wayne Ave.
• Brewers' Art Supply, 1425 Wells St.
• Fairfield Shops, 2002-2014 Fairfield Ave.
• Java Bean, 2715-2717 Broadway
• North Anthony Center, 3322-3528 N. Anthony Blvd.
• Oyster Bar, 1830 S. Calhoun St.
• Redwood Inn, 1432-1436 W. Main St.
• 2020 Broadway Building, 2020 Broadway
Mayor Tom Henry, who started the program in 2008, announced this year's recipients at a news conference held at the Clyde.
The theater's overall renovation will cost about $1 million, said Kinney, who is still seeking investors to help fund the project. Kinney said has set an “aggressive” target of summer or fall 2014 for the center's grand opening.