Last year, Live Arts purchased a pumping station built in 1903 that provided additional water for fighting fires in Center City, located at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard, for $750K. When the 2013 Fringe Festival kicks off this fall, its home base will be situated at the station, which is now being renovated to include a 240-seat theatre, and ultimately a bar and restaurant, office space and an outdoor plaza located along Race Street. Only the theatre is planned to be ready by this fall’s festivities. A$1M state Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grant helped to secure necessary financing for the purchase. The total cost of renovations will top out around $7M, according to Stuccio.
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