Upgrading the Masonic Temple and creating a ‘TechSpace’ for JCC among the favorites

Upgrading the Masonic Temple and creating a ‘TechSpace’ for JCC among the favorites

Time is winding down for the committee in charge of Watertown’s “Hunger Games” money. Thirty-one projects remain in the running to potentially get a chunk of the $10 million state grant the city won this past fall.
According to the Watertown Daily Times, a $1.2 million upgrade to add a performing arts center to the Masonic Temple and the creation of a “tech center” for Jefferson Community College are among the front runners.
The Temple would reportedly use the money to make the second and third floors into an area for various performing arts activities. While JCC wants $1.5 million to convert JB Wise Place into a spot for a “Tech Space” program that would be geared toward various forms of workforce training.
Upgrades to some area streets like Franklin and Court could also ultimately be apart of the grant. The committee in charge is set to meet tomorrow while final proposals need to be submitted to the state by the middle of March.

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