In a surprise presentation, Governor Fletcher awarded a $60,000 Renaissance on Main grant to the City of Williamsburg for costs associated with the acquisition of the historic Lane Theater.
"The Lane Theater is an important part of the history and culture in Williamsburg," said Governor Fletcher. "The Renaissance grant assists the city with the first phase of the facility restoration plan. Preserving this historic building adds a sense of vibrancy to downtown and helps spark increased economic investment in the area."
Renaissance on Main, formerly Renaissance Kentucky, is a community revitalization grant program that provides cities with funding to restore and maintain their downtown areas. The grant program focuses on promoting economic development and preserving local heritage.
The Lane Theater, built in 1948 on Main Street in the heart of Williamsburg, exemplifies art deco style and recently was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Real estate acquisition and facility renovation grants are available for certified Renaissance on Main communities through a competitive application process.
The Renaissance on Main program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD). GOLD is the agency responsible for administering the funding for this project.