Robinson Grand Theater restauration approved

City Council approves contract with architect

WYK Associates, Inc. to work on theater restoration project

Bill Yoke at the Clarksburg City Council

Bill Yoke, with WYK Associates, Inc., goes over a contract with Clarksburg City Council at Thursday night’s meeting. City Council approved the contract with WYK Associates, Inc.,  for architectural services in relation to proposed renovations to the former Robinson Grand Theater. Staff photo by Jim Davis

As published in The Exponent Telegram June 5th, 2014, by Jim Davis, Staff Writer

CLARKSBURG — Clarksburg City Council agreed Thursday night to pay a local firm $126,115 for architectural services in relation to proposed renovations to the former Robinson Grand Theater. City Council approved the contract with WYK Associates, Inc. by a 6-0 vote.

“We’re very excited about this project,” said Bill Yoke, with WYK Associates. “We’re ready to get things started and keep this moving.” Yoke briefly went over the contract with council and explained what each of the team members would be doing. The firm is investing in the project by providing several in-kind services, Yoke added.

Mayor Cathy Goings said she is glad a local firm is involved. “That was icing on the cake,” Goings said.

Council recently voted to purchase the Robinson Grand for $430,000.

The city closed on the sale last week, City Manager Martin Howe told council during a work session prior to the regular meeting. Restoring the West Pike Street structure into a regional cultural center is one of the city’s goals for reviving downtown.

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