NY group awards grant for historic church building

Posted at: 12/18/2012 9:12 AM
Updated at: 12/18/2012 9:47 AM
By: AP

FORT PLAIN, N.Y. (AP) - The Preservation League of New York State has awarded a grant to the Mohawk Valley village of Fort Plain to support plans to rehabilitate a historic church building for an arts and cultural center.

The $2,750 Technical Assistance Grant will be used for a building condition survey at the former Universalist Church, the most prominent building in the village. The structure, built in 1896, was threatened with demolition in 2011 after decades of vacancy but an organization was formed to convert it to a community center.
Members of Historic Fort Plain say the building will serve as a concert hall, theater space, art gallery and educational center.
The Preservation League launched the Technical Assistance Grant program in 2012 to support projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources.
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