Work Continues On Schaefer Center, Grant Received

The city of Toccoa receives another grant to help with restoration efforts at the Schaefer Center.

The Fox Theatre Institute recently selected the Schaefer Center as one of three recent grant recipients from around the state.

“The Main Street program was awarded a Fox Theatre Institute restoration grant for the Schaefer Center that will help provide funding for a preservation plan and an economic study that will help promote a feasibility study on the design scheme on the front façade,” said Landry.

The city of Toccoa is currently undertaking a restoration project at the Schaefer Center, which is located at the corner of Doyle and Broad streets in downtown Toccoa.

Landry said that the work continues to move along well.

“Right now, we are in the middle of restoring the lobby,” said Landry. “We are restoring where the concession stand was.”

According to Landry, a music pit has also been installed at the stage.

Officials with Main Street Toccoa said the goal is to have work done by December, in time for the arrival of the “New Harmonies” traveling Smithsonian exhibit on American music, which will set up in Toccoa.

The city is paying for the work with the combination of grant funds, budgeted funds, and money from the city’s Commission Reserve Account.

Last month, the city agreed to take $60,000 from the CRA to forward fund the repairs. In addition, city officials say that $25,000 is in the current fiscal year’s budget for the Schaefer Center and the city has received grant money to pay for repairs such as a new heating and air unit for the building.