March 9, 2014
The Wayne Theatre has been empty for a number of years. And for a number of years, Waynesboro City Council has been changing its mind about what to do with the theatre.
Lorie Smith says, "We feel strongly that the arts and culture destination is part of our council vision-also very much needs to be embraced in our downtown area; we have a new historic museum, heritage foundation, art center and this again is another piece to that puzzle."
But as of last night, the council decided to help fit that piece of the puzzle into the city by offering city money to help with renovations costs.
"The numbers city council was discussing last night did range between $750,000 and one million, and that was an amount that was basically put out by councilmen last night," says Smith.
The change in heart came as a result of seeing how much public support the alliance was receiving in trying to renovate the building.
"It's been very important to the council, to understand that they had a support within the community and that people were willing to step up to the plate, and that’s this is a reality for our community and we've seen that," Smith says.