CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri (KFVS) – On Monday, September 13, a building supervisor granted the Broadway Theater in Cape Girardeau 90 days to complete repairs in accordance with city code.
“I really want to save this theater and keep it in the history of Cape Girardeau,” said Suzanne Hightower, president of the Cape Broadway Theater.
Lawyer Steve Southard, the building supervisor, spoke with Hightower about the 90-day extension at a hearing.
“There hasn’t been an order issued to demolish the property yet, so it gives them the opportunity for the next 90 days to work on it, to try to get it up to code,” Southard said. .
So far, Hightower has said a structural engineer and contractors have examined the building and workers have analyzed the mortar.
“It appears that progress is being made towards repairing the building and steps are being taken in that direction,” Southard said.
“In an ideal world, we raise enough money to bring in contractors and stabilize the building, which gives us more time and keeps the building safe,” Hightower said.
Hightower said the building has potential and that she has high hopes for its future.
She said fundraising was critical right now and the first phase of the project would cost between $ 150,000 and $ 300,000.
“We really need everyone to join us and be excited about this. It will be beautiful when this is over, ”said Hightower.
If the theater is not repaired within the next 90 days, Southard said Hightower can discuss his progress with city leaders and ask for an extension.
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