WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KAIT) – Williams Baptist University plans to renovate one of the oldest buildings on its Walnut Ridge campus.

The Startup Chapel is currently used by the school’s fine arts program and requires repairs.

The renovation is made possible in part by a $200,000 challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation.

The university’s president, Dr. Stan Norman, says a lot needs to be dealt with in the chapel.

“We want to remedy the burn. We have to deal with heat and air. We have to take care of lighting and sound. We use this building for theater production, so we need to make sure that our lighting and sound will be suitable for our theater productions. We have to take care of our sanitary facilities. The windows must be taken care of, the exterior must be renovated and completely reviewed. We need to redo the background of the locker rooms, storage rooms and production areas for our theater program,” he said.

Dr. Norman explained that the final product would cost around $1,000,000. However, fundraising for the project is going quite well.

“If we raise the remaining $800,000, plus [the $200,000]we are well advanced in this area,” he said.

Dr Norman highlighted how the chapel is an essential part of the university’s history and is delighted to see the finished product.

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