City approves $500,000 in tax rebates for art gallery plan

A plan to convert a former apple cider factory into a new east Lawrence art gallery and event space has received a major boost.

Lawrence city commissioners at their meeting last week approved $500,000 in property tax rebates for a project to rehabilitate the Ciderworks Building at Eighth and Pennsylvania streets.

The tax rebates, which will come through the Neighborhood Revitalization program, were necessary to help make the costly rehabilitation financially feasible, said developer Tony Krsnich.

Krsnich, who also turned the nearby Poehler Grocery Warehouse building into a rent-controlled apartment project, said he thinks the Ciderworks building will give momentum to an effort to create an east Lawrence arts district. The Ciderworks building is expected to have about 7,000 square feet of indoor gallery space and about 7,000 square feet of courtyard space that also can accommodate artwork. Both spaces also will be designed to host larger events, Krsnich said.

Work on the project is expected to begin later this summer.

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