ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The town of Arlington is seeking state funding to study the feasibility of converting a former church property into a multi-use community center.

The Bennington Banner reports that a draft of the grant application seeking an estimated $60,000 suggests that the midcentury former St. Margaret Mary Church be retrofitted into a theater for concerts and special events.

It says the separate, one-story parish hall behind the church could be turned into a fitness center with squash courts, and a three-story building that served as a rectory could become a tourism center with exhibit space with office space above.

The vacant property is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com

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