Grand Theater Façade Restoration Moves Forward
Selected as the 2011 Leadership Lamar County Class Project, the restoration of the Grand Theater façade is taking shape. A Brownfields Grant for $200,000 was applied for and received by the city of Paris to assess and remedy the environmental issues that had previously made it cost prohibitive to restore this local landmark. Removing the expense of remediating asbestos, lead pain and mold/biological hazards, enables Leadership Lamar County to focus on raising funds necessary to restore the building exterior and open the building back up for historical walk-throughs.
Terracon Environmental Engineering was hired as part of this grant as a consultant to oversee the abatement. Paul Denney of Denney Architects here in Paris was hired to assess the structural integrity and give historical preservation guidance to the project. Above and beyond the $200,000 necessary to address environmental issues, Leadership Lamar County Class President Todd Cole anticipates an additional $70,000 will be necessary to complete the façade project and to reopen the foyer/lobby to the public.
Leadership Lamar County has already begun raising funds to meet these needs and will continue through the spring and early summer with their fund raising initiatives. A golf tournament has been scheduled for April 18th, and following on the heels of last year’s success, the 2nd Dancing with the Stars will be held at the Love Civic Center in mid-June. The class has already raised over $5,000 through various activities.
To help to this initiative everyone is encouraged to participate in the upcoming golf tournament and to attend Dancing with the Stars.
The class is also selling Paris Texas charms to support this effort.