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Updated: 06/13/2018 08:30:01AM

Children’s Museum receives $100K CRA grant

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The Children's Museum of the Highlands closed its doors on 219 N. Ridgewood Drive in downtown Sebring due to the need for extensive repairs. The museum has received money from insurance and the CRA to address these safety issues. Kelly Dressel, the director, hopes to reopen downtown in June 2019.

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In February 2016 Will Swaine, vice president of the board of directors for the Children's Museum of the Highlands, pointed out the area where the roof and ceiling had sagged, prompting a construction contractor call, inspection and closure of the museum for safety reasons.

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Splintering wood (left) around a pack point for a temporary post shows the kind of damage contractors found when they investigated the sagging roof at the Children's Museum of the Highlands. The roof is scheduled to be reparied in November or December after hurricane season

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Kelly Dressel, director of the Children's Museum of the Highlands, hopes to reopen the museum downtown by June 2019. Dressel attended the CRA meeting on June 11th and requested funds to help renovate the building. The CRA gave the museum a grant of $100,000 in reimbursable funds. After submitting receipts and demonstrating that the work has been completed, the CRA will disburse the funds to the museum.

MELISSA MAIN/STAFF

Kelly Dressel, director of the Children's Museum of the Highlands, hopes to reopen the museum downtown by June 2019. Dressel attended the CRA meeting on June 11th and requested funds to help renovate the building. The CRA gave the museum a grant of $100,000 in reimbursable funds. After submitting receipts and demonstrating that the work has been completed, the CRA will disburse the funds to the museum.

By MELISSA MAIN

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SEBRING — The Children’s Museum of the Highlands, which has been operating in the Lakeshore Mall for almost a year, is closer to being able to move back to its original home downtown thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the Community Redevelopment Agency.

In January 2016 the museum closed because what appeared to be a simple ceiling problem turned out to be something that required major structural repair; the roof was in danger of collapsing. The building had to be closed for safety reasons.

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