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City of Louisburg

The city of Louisburg will receive grant funds from the First Option Bank Trusteed Foundations — Roman Foundation and Velma Kelly Charitable Trust — to renovate and modernize Fox Hall, the community building located at Broadway and South Third Street.

LOUISBURG — Improvements are coming to an iconic gathering place in downtown Louisburg.

Fox Hall, the community building that serves Louisburg and the surrounding area, will receive a major facelift in the coming months, according to a city news release.

City officials were notified Tuesday, July 23, of grant funds the city would receive from the First Option Bank Trusteed Foundations: Roman Foundation and Velma Kelly Charitable Trust. The grant will be used to renovate and modernize the building, which is located at the corner of Broadway and South Third Street.

The city had previously received a grant of $35,000 from the First Option Foundation to make some updates to the building. The new award brings the total grant funding to $225,000. The City Council will be asked at its Aug. 5 meeting to accept the grant and add an additional $66,000 to complete the entire scope of work.

“On behalf of the Fox Hall Board and the City, we are thrilled with the award from the First Option Foundation to bring Fox Hall into the 21st century and make it a space that people will want to use for their family reunions, club meetings and other events,” said Jean Carder, the city’s communications coordinator.

The vision for the building is to remove the metal siding, expose the original glazed brick, add windows if possible, reconstruct the front door/vestibule area, remove the interior paneling, rehabilitate the Terrazzo flooring, remove the ceiling tiles and expose the bow trusses, remove all the kitchen cabinetry and replace with stainless steel and make the kitchen more functional, rework the bathrooms to make them more accessible and ADA compliant and install new HVAC.

“By using grant dollars to update Fox Hall it is anticipated that rent for the building will remain low, making it an affordable option to continue its use as a community gathering place,” City Administrator Nathan Law said.

The building was donated to the City by A.D. Fox in 1952. It was constructed in 1924 and originally housed a mechanic’s garage and later equipment sales. Mr. Fox donated the building to the city to be used as a place for “social, religious and political meetings; for dances, parties, plays and entertainment for the use of the citizens of Louisburg and the surrounding territory,” according to a story that ran in the Louisburg Herald in June 1952.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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