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City Council approves additional funding for theater project

Published 8:42am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just as the saying goes, the show must go on in Dowagiac, though it’s going to need a little help from the city.

Following a brief closed session on Monday, the Dowagiac City Council approved an agreement to provide limited funding to Forest Finn, LLC for the downtown movie theater the company is- currently constructing on Front Street. The arrangement will allow the city to provide $120,000 to the development company to them finish up the project, which has underway since fall.

“During the course of this project, there were some representations for some grant funding that could be part of this project,” said City Manager Kevin Anderson. “Those did not occur, so to help them complete the project the city is working with them on a plan for additional funding.”

A portion of the city’s funds will be provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Anderson said. The city manager said the city is looking to other vendors to provide reimbursement of funds for as well.

“In the meantime this agreement will allow the project to be completed with a timeframe by the end of November,” Anderson said.

The city and the Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority have been working with Developer Ken Allen for the past several years to transform the former Mr. K’s Warehouse, located at 115 Front Street, into a new entertainment destination. Current plans call for a one-screen movie theater and arcade on the main floor, with three apartments on the second floor. The theater is expected to seat between 120 and 140 people.

Allen, a resident of the Sister Lakes area, has restored several theaters in the past, including the State Theatre in South Bend, which he sold in 2006.

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