Woodstock Opera House Gets $2,964,553 for Rehab

From the Jb Pritzker Administration:

Gov. Pritzker Awards $106 Million in Grants through Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Program

Grants for 50 communities across Illinois represents the largest-ever Rebuild Illinois investment focused on community revitalization

ALTON — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced $106 million in capital grants awarded to revitalize 50 commercial corridors and main streets throughout Illinois. In addition to the $106 million in state funding, projects offered an additional $109 million in matching grant funds, for a total investment of $215 million.

The historic Rebuild Illinois (RBI) Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program represents the largest-ever RBI investment focused on community revitalization.

Wioodstock Opera House

Launched through Rebuild Illinois State capital funds and further expanded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the grants support projects that will revitalize commercial hubs, beautify and modernize downtowns, address critical infrastructure needs, boost jobs and improve the quality of life for residents.

“I am thrilled to announce that we are doubling last year’s investment in our Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Grant program to include over 50 communities throughout Illinois to modernize downtowns, address long-awaited infrastructure needs, and boost local economies — in turn, bettering the quality of life for our state’s residents,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “With that upgraded infrastructure comes economic opportunity: more jobs, more business growth, and more money pouring into the communities that need it most — and that’s what Rebuild Illinois is all about.”

The state originally allocated $50 million in funding for this project in 2021. However, due to the high quality of applications and ongoing need, as well as the number of projects eligible for federal COVID relief funds, funding for the program increased by $56 million for a total of $106 million in investments benefiting 50 total communities. The increase in funding allowed the state to support an additional 29 community revitalization projects.

The RBI Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Program is designed to support local commercial corridors, with concentrations of businesses that experienced difficulties during the pandemic due to declining foot traffic, tourism, and business from downtown offices. The program drives investment in infrastructure and public amenities that continue to fuel economic activity as more Illinoisans patron their local town centers.

Grants awarded through the program are located in a commercial center or downtown area and include a variety of projects, such as the restoration of historic buildings, parking and street improvements, construction or improvement of outdoor venues or plazas for public use, sustainability upgrades, structural repairs and other projects benefitting the larger community. Grants range from $398,552 to $3 million in funding.

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In the list of grants is $2,964,553 for rehabilitation of the Woodstock Opera House.


Woodstock Opera House Gets $2,964,553 for Rehab — 8 Comments

  1. These history inventing turd towns like Woodstock, are just as ridiculous as the rest of Democrat run Illinois.

    Having the chutzpah to boast the virtues and resilience of Republican Lincoln, on their stupid license plates.

  2. More “free” COVID money at the behest of taxpayers allowing Pritzker to claim credit.

    Errr, umm, “American Rescue Plan Act” monies….

  3. Just imagine what a nice town it would be to get around in if they had put that money toward the crumbling streets and sidewalks!

  4. With the state of the economy he is dishing out millions for this.

    While people are out of a job, struggling, hunger, can barely afford food, gas and utilities, this is how he spends OUR tax dollars!

    And we wonder why the world is so messed up!

    I am convinced that no one in politics and power has ANY common sense.

  5. The City of Woodstock owns the Opera House.

    It seems that ONLY the City and its citizens should be held responsible for the upkeep of the Opera House.

    Why should Illinois citizens’ tax money be used on a venture that the City of Woodstock decided to buy?

    Is there a better use for almost $3 Million of Illinois taxpayer money?

    How about an organization to be formed such as Friends of the Opera House who would donate money for upkeep?

  6. I’m excited for it. Woodstock has gone from a stagnant ghost town in the 80’s-90’s to one of the nicest little cities in America.

    Revitalizing a place like the Opera House lifts the other businesses in the area too.

  7. So, we are taking money that was meant to be for Covid and using it for stuff that has nothing to do with Covid but Gov. Big Boy can try to look good.

    Not surprising.

  8. Large enough to house the open drug use tent city in Woodstock.

    I’m sure the compassionate Libs in Woodstock won’t object to housing them there.

    I mean 2.9m for culture and open needle opera sounds like a win win.

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