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Liberty Bank Foundation Supports St. Vincent de Paul in Bid for Arts Center

Liberty Bank Foundation Supports St. Vincent de Paul in Bid for Arts Center

Late last year, St. Vincent de Paul Middletown (and Liberty Bank Foundation grantee) was one of three groups submitting an RFP to the City of Middletown for purchase of the currently unoccupied Green St. Arts Center. While St. Vincent’s bid was endorsed by Mayor Drew, it still needed to pass two additional hurdles – a public hearing before the Common Council as well as a public presentation by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Both meetings attracted crowds of residents wishing to express their views for and against St. Vincent’s move from Main St. to Green St. (just yards away). Foundation Executive Director Sue Murphy spoke at both hearings in support of St. Vincent’s work and its value to community. She told listeners that St. Vincent is, “the one open door for everyone in this community.” At the subsequent meeting she pointed out St. Vincent’s central role in helping homeless people find housing. “Without housing,” she said, “it’s really hard to solve all the other problems people have.” Following the March 14, hearing, Planning and Zoning approved the proposal for St. Vincent to lease the Green St. Arts Center for one dollar per year for ten years.

read the March 8 story

read the March 14 story