The latest on the Lamp:
“Irwin council is considering purchasing the Lamp Theatre.
“Council President John Cassandro said council is exploring the possibility of purchasing the 72-year-old structure, making the borough the sole owner of the theater.
“’It’s an option we’re exploring, and in order to do that, we have to determine the value of the building,’ Cassandro said. “This has a lot to do with getting the funding in place for this, and how quickly we have to move.”
Last week, Irwin council gave manager Mary Benko permission to spend no more than $1,000 to hire an appraiser to determine the market value of the Lamp Theatre.…
“Relight the Lamp, which is a committee of the
Irwin Business & Professionals Association [Irwin Project], conducted fundraising to help offset the borough’s contribution. The group helped raise approximately $70,000 so far, according to Relight the Lamp member Kathleen Heuer.
“Heuer said the organization is excited about the possibility of borough ownership. The theater will help boost the local economy, she added.
“’A facility like this will build on the improvements Irwin has made along Main Street,’ Heuer said. ‘It will infuse the Norwin area not only with cash spent here, but with movies, music and the arts, which improve everyone’s quality of life.’
“Benko said borough officials have not discussed who would run the theatre or future involvement with the Westmoreland Cultural Trust.
“’We’re not at that point yet, since this is so preliminary,’ Benko said. ‘We can’t do anything without getting this appraisal done.
“’Even after it’s done, who knows? It could go nowhere.'”
Not if we have anything to say about it! Oh, and if you go to read the full article, feel free to leave a comment. Walter is not in favor of this project, apparently.