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CRDC Awards $2,500 through Community Grant Program
CRDC recently awarded a $2,500 grant through its Community Grant Program to design plans to renovate the Historical 56 Opera House Square in downtown Claremont. The building which has been vacant
CRDC recently awarded a $2,500 grant through its Community Grant Program to design plans to renovate the Historical 56 Opera House Square in downtown Claremont. The building which has been vacant for more than 20 years will be undergoing a complete renovation.
 
"The project will not only rejuvenate a key building in the Historical District, but it will also give West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts the expanded facility we need to better serve our community," said Melissa Richmond, Executive Director, West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. "We will implement a robust regional music education program, expand our visual arts programs, offer more quality live arts events with musicians from across the country and around the world, and provide tools creative professionals need to start and build their businesses." 
 
Funds provided by CRDC will help West Claremont Center for the Arts, the project organizers cover costs associated with the architectural design.
 
"The primary focus of CRDC's Community Grant Program is to support projects and programs that lead to job creation/retention and enhance a community's tax base while providing a public benefit," said Chris Wellington, CRDC's Project Management Officer. "Our mission is to help support communities like Claremont with their economic development plans. In addition to the Community Grant, CRDC provided $70,000 to the City of Claremont through its Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to help support the environmental cleanup of asbestos removal." See below for more information about CRDC's Brownfield Loans. 
 
CRDC's Community Grant Program also funded five additional projects in Merrimack, Sullivan and Hillsborough Counties for a total of $26,230. Other grants awarded by CRDC this fiscal year include: Sullivan County to hire a consultant that will explore the feasibility of cheese and mushroom production at a root cellar located on the Sullivan County Farm, an economic development survey for the Town of Amherst that will focus on short and long-term economic development goals for the town, the Merrimack County Conservation District received a grant from CRDC to help support the purchase of a freezer/refrigeration unit for their Capital Area Local Food Initiative, the Manchester Makerspace received grant funding to support their operations and two grants were awarded to two separate economic development projects in Franklin {see Franklin story here}.
 
   
Melissa Richmond, Executive Director, West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts and Chris Wellington, CRDC's Project Management Officer stand inside the Historical 56 Opera House Square 


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