Save the Grand Theatre, Inc. has taken another step forward with the support
of the Franklin County Fiscal Court and their adoption of an ordinance to levy
a 2 percent hotel room tax to support renovation of the historic Grand Theatre.
We thank the Magistrates and Judge Executive for listening to us and believing
in our performing and visual arts facility project for our community.
Our plans are the in the process of formulation with regard to the future. We expect to close the theater by year end so that we can begin internal demolition of the floor and other non-historic elements sometime shortly thereafter. Following the completion of construction plans, we will bid the work and move forward with the bond issue to finance this project, award the construction contract, and commence construction. Our hope is that things will continue to go well with construction commencing in the early spring of 2007 such that the work can be completed and the new Grand Theatre can be reopened in the fall of 2008. Once again, this is an ambitious plan and is subject to many uncertainties.
Again, we thank Governor Fletcher, the Kentucky General Assembly, Senators Carroll and Williams, Representatives Graham and Arnold, Judge Executive Roach, Magistrates Wells, Kring, Moore, Robinson, Fannin, and Dawson. We will prove to the entire Fiscal Court, including those who did not vote to support the Grand Theatre, as well as to the Tourism Commission and the local hotels that the trust placed in us is merited.
Thank you again for all of your support as audience members, volunteers, and members of the community!