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THE FACE OF Broadway may be in for some changes. The New Breed Foundation has approached the Village of Monticello for funding to make improvements on the main street, and Chairman Dominick Daniels said he wants to turn the neon on on the street. See related story on the front page.

Foundation Plans To
Turn Around Broadway

By Matt Youngfrau
MONTICELLO — March 8, 2002 – For the past two years the New Breed Foundation has been restoring a historic building at 443 Broadway in Monticello.
The building, which will serve as the company’s headquarters, was the only structure to survive the great fire of 1909 that wiped out nearly all of Monticello.
New Breed Foundation Chair Dominick Daniels appeared before the Village of Monticello Board at its Monday meeting with an update on the foundation’s progress.
Daniels stated that the renovation of the historic building is almost complete.
The foundation’s purpose is to encourage and support the arts. They plan to bring art films, weekend film festivals and entertainment to Broadway, and with that in mind, the foundation is in the process of purchasing the Broadway Theater to renovate it.
Daniels told the board that the theater could create a night life on Broadway. He explained his vision of many restaurants and bars opening to accommodate visitors for a night on the town.
“Let’s attract folks to Broadway to go and see a show, go out for a drink at over a dozen bars, go out for a meal at over a dozen restaurants, go dancing, see art shows and enjoy social interaction,” Daniels told the board. “With all that’s ahead of us, such as Woodstock and the casinos, isn’t it obvious that entertainment is the way to go?
“The New Breed Foundation wants to turn on the neon on Broadway and offer 1,000 seats of cultured entertainment.”
Daniels appealed to the Board for help. He requested $50,000 for the project, stating that the theater is in good shape and would not need too many renovations.
Before the discussion began, Mayor Gary Sommers recused himself from the conversation because he is on the New Breed Board. He stated that he will abstain from anything that has to do with the foundation.
The board was excited by the report. They asked Village Treasurer Robin Seward if that funding was available. Seward stated it could be done through a $25,000 loan and a $25,000 grant. However, more research will be needed.

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