We have some news on the Lamp! In January, Irwin Council authorized borough manager Mary Benko to get an assessment of the property. At this week’s meeting, Irwin Council authorized her to apply for a loan in the amount of $150,000, the amount that needs to be ponied up in order to “unlock” the grant money from Westmoreland County and the state.
Though I unfortunately was unable to attend this meeting myself, it was well documented: 3 different reporters wrote up accounts. From the articles:
“‘We weren’t expecting bids to come in $300,000 over our budget,’ Cassandro said. ‘But we’re worried if we don’t move, that state and county funding may not be there much longer.…’ Cassandro said council plans to continue exploring the possibility of purchasing the 72-year-old structure, making the borough the sole owner of the theater. In January, council ordered an appraisal of the property, but has not discussed it publicly.”
“We’re working on plenty of fronts here. We’re working on financing. We’re working on acquisition of the building. We’re working on the beginnings of operating the theater. None of that may even happen.
Any questions? Lots, I know. Me too. But I’m glad that we’ve taken a couple of steps forward, even if they are baby steps.
What do you think?