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Cape May OKs Lease for Theater Company’s Use of AME Church

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By Vince Conti

CAPE MAY – Calling it “a historic moment for the city,” Cape May Mayor Zack Mullock called for the vote by which City Council authorized a lease agreement for the East Lynne Theater Company’s new home in the restored Allen African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
The lease agreement ensures that the historic building of such importance to the African American history of the city would remain open to the public in a shared arrangement with the theater company.
The resolution voted by the council seeks to balance the history and appearance of the historic property, ongoing public access, and the use of the facility as a performing arts center.
The theater company is committed to a financial support framework that will support the continued restoration and preservation of the building.
The resolution also requires the theater company to submit an annual report on the use of the building and the activities supported.

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