We did it! With the support of community donors, private foundations, and government agencies we were able to raise $3 million to fully renovate our historic building, which has served as a community icon for nearly a century. The project is a key piece of The Highland Center’s efforts to reinvigorate Highland‘s economy with renovations that include a conference-retreat center, an improved inspected commercial kitchen, a fully upgraded auditorium, and state of the art space for small businesses and non-profits. The building will also be fully handicapped accessible and will undergo major structural and systems upgrades to make it attractive and useable for decades to come.
Following a competitive bidding process the Center selected Lantz Construction Company of Broadway, Virginia, which will use several local subcontractors. The contract should be awarded this week pending final approval from a government funder. The Center’s offices and most tenants will temporarily move to the Highland Inn on Main Street during the renovation, starting in April and lasting the duration of construction. “Our programs will continue through the renovation, including the Youth Employment Program, business counseling, Faces of Farmers, youth gardening, and planning for the community park and other revitalization projects,” says Executive Director Betty Mitchell. The Highland Farmers’ Market will still take place at the pavilion on The Highland Center’s lawn from June through September.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in The Highland Center’s capital campaign. It is not too late to show your support, as the Center is still seeking contributions for furnishings and fixtures as well expansion of its community programs. Please feel free to stop by the Center or, after April, our temporary home at the Highland Inn to talk about our progress and plans for the future.