Hogansville receives grant for Royal Theater plan

Published 7:20 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HOGANSVILLE — The City of Hogansville has been awarded a grant from the Fox Theatre Institute that will help pay for a master plan for the historic Royal Theater.

The Hogansville City Council voted in September for Carter Watkins and Associates of Monroe to create a master plan for the theater, which currently houses city hall. During Monday night’s city council meeting, Hogansville Community Development Director Lynne Miller announced the city had been awarded a grant from the Fox Theatre Institute. The Fox Theatre Institute is a division of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

The grant is $29,125, which is half of the $58,250 total cost.

“This will be matched by an equal amount by the city out of our SPLOST that is dedicated for this building,” Miller said.

The master plan will consider three options — using the building as city hall only, still housing city hall in the theater but also including a space for arts and performances, or restoring the theater to only be used as an art and performance space and moving city hall elsewhere.

Miller said the master plan will be completed by the end of March and a public forum will be held to announce the results.