by Lizett Pajuelo

PINE PLAINS — The restoration and revitalization of Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) remains very much alive. PPMH President Jack Banning and Executive Director Brian Keeler held an informational event on Sunday, Oct. 2, to share some of the project’s latest news with the community. Keeler opened the event. “Even though you may not see a lot of change in the state of the building, we have been doing a tremendous amount of work … consulting with sound specialists, architects, fundraising and more,” he said. “But today we’re proud to finally unveil the 3D model of what the building will look like once it is completed.” Additionally, Keeler and Banning had another important announcement. “So far, we have raised $1.9 million toward the project, including a $125,000 grant New York Assemblywoman Didi Barrett has secured for us,” said Banning. “This puts us closer to our goal so we can begin demolition and excavations to get the project going. “Hopefully, by January of 2017, we’ll be breaking ground, and we’ll have our first performance by this time next year,” he added.