Somerset selects architecture firm to help revitalize historic theater

The Virginia has been closed since 1994

SOMERSET, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — The Downtown Somerset Development Corporation has selected architecture firm Westlake Reed Leskosky to develop a vision and concept plan for revitalizing The Virginia, a historic venue that has been dark since 1994.

The Virginia has been closed since 1994 (the marquee is for a summer outdoor series)
The Virginia has been closed since 1994 (the marquee is for a summer outdoor series).

The 14-week process will involve seeking input from community stakeholders, evaluating tourism impact, analyzing the building’s structure and renovation costs, and providing a final plan with project phasing and cost estimation. DSDC board members will use the plan to seek public and private funds to begin construction.

WRL will partner with two local firms — KSD Kinetic | Strategic | Design, a design, communications and marketing firm in Somerset; and CCS Engineers, an engineering, consulting and construction design company in Burnside — to help develop the vision and brand for the revitalized Virginia.

With a concept in hand, DSDC will then begin the fundraising process, which will include applying for block grants and seeking financial support within the community.


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