DUBOIS – About one year ago, a group of community leaders, educators, industry representatives and municipal officials began planning to develop a cultural/convention center in the DuBois area.
The plans could take off soon, as DuBois City Council this week approved submitting a grant application to the Department of Community and Economic Development. If approved, the grant would provide $25,000 to begin the preliminary steps to take the ideas of the group to the next level.
The funding would go to L. Robert Kimball and Associates Inc. of Ebensburg, the company with which the city signed an architect agreement Monday, to complete work on site feasibility, cost estimates and drawings.
Four areas are under consideration now, two in DuBois City, one in Sandy Township and one in Washington Township.
Information in the grant application shows that the center would house a theater with capacity of 300-400 people as well as a convention area with administrative space, a ballroom, conference rooms, a kitchen and affiliated spaces.