DALTON, Ga. Dalton officials want to make the site of the Lee Printing building a hub for the arts, culture and entertainment. And on Monday, those plans got a big boost thanks to a $1 million donation from a city resident.
In a work session before a meeting of the City Council, David Aft, president of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, said Jeanne Burr has donated $1 million to support the arts in Dalton by helping to provide a performance venue. In return, the city was asked to designate the site of the Lee Printing building as a permanent park.
When they met later, council members voted 4-0 to move forward with the project.
"I'm beyond excited," said Mayor Dennis Mock, who typically votes only in the event of a tie. "This is going to be a big boost for Dalton and a big boost for downtown."
The donation will provide $300,000 for physical improvements at the site, including the construction of a "first class" performing stage and associated facilities. In addition, it provides for a $500,000 endowment that will distribute some $25,000 a year to support events and performances at the facility. The remaining $200,000 will be held for additional ...