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Martinsburg City Council ponders Boarman funding request

May 15, 2001

Martinsburg City Council ponders Boarman funding request



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Officials with the Boarman Arts Center have asked the Martinsburg City Council to contribute up to $50,000 to help convert the old Federal Building and Post Office on King Street into a new home for the center.

A council committee has considered the request, but wanted more information from supporters before agreeing to provide matching funds for the project. Other funds would come from donations and a state grant.

Architect Matt Grove, who works with the Boarman Arts Center, said the city money would help the center get state funds to help build or renovate buildings for arts purposes.

He said supporters are hoping to raise $50,000 in time to submit the grant request this summer.

The center would move from nearby King and Queen streets into the 106-year-old building.

"We'll be raising much more than $50,000" after the initial phase to help make the project a reality, Grove said.

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The council is expected to vote on the request before its next meeting on June 14.

- Bob Partlow

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