The Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed to submit a grant on behalf of Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) that would be used for the theater company’s current renovation of its 239 N. 3rd Ave. space in downtown Sturgeon Bay. TAP has raised $2 million in donations and pledges from private donors and foundations toward the $3.5 million goal established for its Reimagine TAP fundraising campaign, which kicked off earlier this year.
“Our overall plan is to peel away the layers that were added by past projects and former uses of the space to reveal the original bones of the building,” said Managing Director Amy Frank in a letter to the city. “From there, we will create a beautiful theater with accompanying support spaces that make the best use of the building, while simultaneously honoring its history and integrity.”
The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has a maximum allocation of $250,000. The city is acting as a pass-through agency because all applications must be made by a municipality. All matching funds required for the project would come from TAP.