Lawrenceburg, Ind. Dec. 9, 2022 – The nationally recognized Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) program is investing $600,000 towards the redevelopment of the historic Liberty Theater located in the City of Lawrenceburg, which is expected to enhance the downtown historic community environment, attract talent and improve the quality of life for Hoosiers with a generational economic impact.
As an award winning, accessible tri-state city, Lawrenceburg is becoming known as Indiana’s Premier Musical Gateway. In tribute, the long-awaited Liberty Theater Redevelopment Project rehabilitates a long-dormant historic landmark (Est 1893) thru a public-private economic development partnership between the City of Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission (LRC) and Thigmotrope LLC. Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Director Bryan Messmore shared “I certainly think a lot of organizations may be able to benefit from the revitalized landmark development site upon completion. We’reenthusiastic about the opportunity to bring visitors to our community to see the historic Liberty Theater fully activated in downtown Lawrenceburg. It’s a privilege to be a part of the legacy redevelopment project centered around the Liberty Theater.”
The Liberty Theater is brought back to life activating Lawrenceburg’s long dormant historic landmark as the region’s premiere showcasing venue with professional events space, live music venue, cultural arts and programing, restaurant and bar environments available year-round. The result features the Liberty Theater as a cultural engine contributing to a vibrant, revitalized river city with increased tourism and entertainment options while attracting long standing storefront businesses, visitors, and new talent to our region.
Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission has contracted with a General Contractor for Liberty Theater project management on renovation and restoration work. The LRC is currently working with an architecture firm regarding design development. Construction documents are expected for bid by late spring followed by project construction. Anticipated opening of the Liberty Theater is slated for late 2023/early 2024.
Dan McCabe owner of Thigmotrope LLC said “I’m very excited for the Liberty Theater, the City of Lawrenceburg and the region. This will be a catalyst project building community through live music culture and events. I’m thankful the IEDC recognizes that and for the support. I can’t wait to be a part of bringing the historic Liberty Theater back to life in time to celebrate her 130th anniversary.”
Through READI, 17 regions across the state that represent all 92 counties are moving forward with projects and programs designed to enhance Indiana’s regions for current and future generations of Hoosiers. Collectively, the state’s $500 million investment is expected to yield an additional $9.86 billion public, private and nonprofit dollars invested (19.72:1 investment leverage ratio) in enhancing Indiana’s quality of life, quality of place and quality of opportunity.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is charged with growing the State economy, driving economic development, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Led by Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers @SecChambersIN and governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, @GovHolcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit iedc.in.gov.