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Dunedin Fine Art Center inks deal with contractor

The Dunedin Fine Art Center expects to break ground on a $2.9 million renovation and expansion project in August. The city chipped in funds toward construction.

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The Dunedin Fine Art Center expects to break ground on a $2.9 million renovation and expansion project in August. The city chipped in funds toward construction.

The Dunedin Fine Art Center has inked a deal with J. Kokolakis Contracting of Tarpon Springs to remodel and expand its city-owned Michigan Boulevard campus.

Construction on the $2.9 million addition, designed by Collman and Karsky Architects of Tampa, is slated to begin in August and wrap up by summer 2014.

Contractors will renovate 3,686 sq. ft. of existing art center space and add a 7,306 sq. ft. wing that will house a gallery, four studio/classrooms and an updated Gallery Gift Shop and Palm Cafe. The project is the third phase of a four-part expansion, said executive director George Ann Bissett.

The project was spurred by a Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant. The City Commission controversially voted 4-1 in February to chip in $500,000 toward the DFAC’s effort to privately raise at least $1 million by July and, thus, qualify for the rare $500,000, 2-to-1 matching grant.

City leaders last month extended the art center's lease by 15 years to help it qualify for a construction loan and meet grant parameters on length of operation.

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[Last modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 11:47am]

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