Friday, April 06, 2007

St. Dominic’s, St. Lawrence Get Federal $
The Portland City Council on March 26th voted to give a share of Federal Community Development Block Grant money to two local former churches that have sustained serious structural damage in the past year.

The Irish Heritage Center, formerly St. Dominic’s, on Gray Street in the West End, will receive $62,000 to help with repair of its bell tower, which was damaged last May when the bell became loose and crashed through the structure.

The St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center on Munjoy Hill will receive $100,000 towards the demolition and reconstruction of its sanctuary, which has become structurally unsound and a safety hazard. The St. Lawrence Parish Hall theater remains open and in full operation.


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