About to move

A U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) sign is in place at the site of the future Rockport Center for the Arts’ (RCA) downtown campus, signaling construction will begin in the near future. The EDA awarded the RCA a $5 million grant for its new campus. The old Kline’s Café, which is being moved to make room for the downtown campus, is on blocks and is almost ready to be moved to its new location at the southeast corner of St. Mary’s and South Magnolia streets. Steel plates are being mobilized to the site. As soon as the building is raised to a certain height, the move will begin. At the same time, a new foundation will be poured for the historic restaurant. RCA Executive Director Luis Puron said the old building can sit on the moving equipment, if needed, until the new slab has cured. He noted construction on the new campus in downtown Rockport could begin in mid-January.

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