Avalon Theatre funds get city approval

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Dozens filled the auditorium in City Hall Wednesday night, eagerly awaiting the decision that would decide the fate of the Avalon Theater's renovation.

After hours of deliberation two weeks ago and no decision, the Grand Junction City Council has approved $3 million to go toward phase one of the Avalon Theater improvements.

The goal is to renovate the historic building-- which is an icon of art and culture in the Grand Valley.

"It really is one of the anchors in our town, which certainly stands as the preeminent community on the Western Slope, drawing people to Grand Junction for all kinds of reasons," said John Halvorson, chairman of The Avalon Foundation Board.

The first phase will take $7.6 million dollars. Both the city and the Downtown Development Authority put in $3 million each, and the Avalon Foundation Board is raising the balance up to the $7.6 million needed for the first phase to begin.

The Avalon Foundation Board will also help raise the funds for the second phase, which will complete the project. The board urges the Grand Valley to contribute as an investment in our community.

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