The Klein has been granted a $2.6 million state bond for building updates. Updates include an elevator to transport patrons from the lobby to the mezzanine and balcony, upgraded audio and lighting systems, digital projection system, new carpets and safety handrails and an outdoor digital billboard. Earlier this year, The Klein received a $25,000 grant from the Bridgeport Rotary Club, which also will be applied to the purchase of the projection system. All work is expected to be completed by March 2018.
Chief sponsor of the legislation was State Representative Ezequiel Santiago. The bond also was endorsed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy with additional support from Representative Steve Stafstrom, Mayor Ganim’s administration and other members of the Bridgeport state delegation.
“On behalf of our board of directors and staff, all of us at The Klein are extremely grateful to Rep. Santiago and his colleagues, and to Mayor Ganim, who’s team lent us invaluable advice and support. We view this funding not as a gift, but more as an investment from the state. With that comes the responsibility to apply the funds toward the betterment of Bridgeport,” said The Klein’s Executive Director, Laurence Caso.
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