(MENA) The University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain has been awarded a $204,644 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) to provide critical upgrades and restoration to the DeQueen Street armory.
The college has previously received grants from the same council that provided for the major renovations to the armory in 2003, to construct the amphitheater on the main campus, and build the walking trails surrounding the campus that many of the community use every day.
These necessary funds will provide the historic building a new roof, flashing, restoration of the plaster damaged from water leaks, refinishing the floor in the gym and one of the downstairs classrooms, new front doors and kitchen appliances, as well as repainting the interior and exterior. The building is property of the college and is used by numerous community youth sports teams for practices, games, and most recently the Lum & Abner 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
The ANCRC was established by the Arkansas Legislature in 1987 by Arkansas Act 729 (Arkansas Code §15-12-101 through 15-12-103) The Act created the ANCRC to manage and supervise grants and trust fund for the acquisition, management, and stewardship of state-owned properties acquired or used for ANCRC approved purposes. The grants are funded through the state’s real estate transfer tax. The ANCRC consists of eleven voting members. Grants from this fund are for projects that protect and maintain state-owned natural areas, historic sites, and outdoor recreation.
Diann Gathright was the author of the grant proposal submitted by UA Rich Mountain. Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson said he is grateful for the council’s award, “I am grateful for these funds to make these very necessary repairs and for Dr. Gathright’s continued advocacy to preserve and protect this historic building that provides a very necessary venue to the community.”