The DeSoto Theatre Foundation is seeking $100,000 toward an overall project cost of $250,000 for Phase Four of renovations to the DeSoto at 530 Broad St.
DDA Director Ann Arnold told her panel on Thursday that the next phase will include some plumbing and electrical work, but the lion’s share of the money will be devoted to interior finishings and seating work inside the theater.
Paul Griffin, president of the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation, said that if the state loan is approved, he hopes the work to replace the existing seating and some work in the gallery area and restrooms can be accomplished in the next four to six months.
The DeSoto seats 485, and Griffin said he would not expect that number to change in the wake of the continuing renovation.
A little farther down Broad Street, Over the Moon LLC is seeking $44,000 from the DDA toward its $110,000 project for a new elevator and basic roof repairs above the restaurant at 223 Broad St.
The DDA board also approved a $1,000 façade grant for The Stitchery, 111 Broad St. The grant represents approximately a third of the cost of a new awning. Susan Horton and Stephanie Bradshaw operate the business, a modern fabric and sewing shop.
The DDA had previously exhausted all of its money earmarked for façade grants in 2012, however, the board of the Business Improvement District approved another $5,000 allocation to help facilitate façade improvements through the end of the year.
“This leaves us with another $4,000 if we need it,” Pullen said.
Following the regular meeting, the DDA board conducted a master plan work session with Danny Bivins, a representative of the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia.
“We’ll have it all wrapped up in a nice bow for you in December,” Bivins said.