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Dixon will fund memorial hall
By Melissa Murphy/Staff Writer
Article Launched:10/26/2006 05:46:04 AM PDT
The Dixon Veterans Memorial Hall will receive funds from the city for some much-needed improvements.

The City Council voted Tuesday in full support of the preparation and submission of a grant application for $1 million in Community Development Block Grant General Allocation funds. The council also approved a Joint City and Agency Resolution to commit $275,000 in redevelopment funds as a local match to the application.

In addition, the council agreed to provide $150,000 in revolving loan funds.

'We're excited that we were able to find the money from different sources to fund the improvements,' said Mayor Mary Ann Courville.

The hall, originally built in 1923 and owned by Solano County for more than 60 years, is located at 231 North First St. in downtown Dixon.

Current cost estimates indicate an overall funding need of about $2.7 million, according to a staff report.

The building not only serves as a place for veterans' events, but is a central location for community gatherings.

It has been described as an anchor in the community that needs to be preserved.

'I can attest to the value of the Veterans Hall,' said Gregg Atkins, librarian for the D"

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