The shuffleboard building just west of city hall, former home to a day-labor center, could become an art center where artists would teach classes and display their work.
The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board agreed Tuesday to apply to the state for a $300,000 cultural facilities grant that would be used to renovate the building.
Renovation plans include removing the drop ceiling inside the building to expose support beams, adding lighting and a fire sprinkler system and making the bathrooms accessible to the disabled.
The CRA board agreed to pay $37,500 in matching money for the cultural facilities grant.
Terms of the grant require that the shuffleboard building be used as a “cultural facility” for at least 10 years. City commissioners are scheduled to consider that stipulation in July.
The building at 1121 Lucerne Ave. houses members of the city’s Leisure Services staff and is used for the occasional community meeting.
Making the building into an art center is expected to help the CRA’s LULA Lake Worth Arts program achieve its goal of using art as an economic development tool.
The shuffleboard building is just east of 12 recently completed townhomes along Lucerne Avenue and North F Street that are intended to be used as live-work spaces for artists, with studios downstairs and living quarters upstairs.
The city and the CRA are working to create destinations west of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as part of a long-term goal of expanding the downtown west of Dixie Highway.
City Manager Michael Bornstein said the city will solicit proposals soon to renovate a city-owned warehouse at 1105 Second Ave. S. to create another art center.
“Our goal is to push to make it a cool, funky, artsy downtown that begins at the traffic circle,” Bornstein said, referring to the traffic circle on Lake and Lucerne avenues near Lake Worth High School.