Staff photo by Ben Mikesell
Staff photo by Ben Mikesell
GOSHEN — The city of Goshen will move forward with investing nearly $1 million in city money into the Goshen Theater’s upcoming renovation.

The City Council gave final approval of an ordinance to issue an $850,000 forgivable loan to the theater during Tuesday night’s meeting. The vote was 5–1 to pass the measure, with Councilman Mike Orgill opposing, and Councilman Adam Scharf abstaining due to a conflict of interest.

The funds, to be administered by the city Redevelopment Commission, will come from the River Race tax incremental financing district. The commission finalized a funding agreement that includes the loan, as well as criteria for forgiving it, at a meeting in February. 

The nonprofit Goshen Theater Inc., which raised more than $5 million in a recent capital campaign, plans to launch work on the first phase of the $5.2 million renovation project on May 6, following the 2019 River Bend Film Festival.

Work will include theatrical lighting improvements, accessibility improvements, a new elevator, new restrooms, a partial fire suppression system, auditorium improvements and a lobby expansion.

In a separate vote, the council also passed a resolution to establish the Goshen Theater Project Fund, a mechanism for dispersing the loan money to the theater.

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