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Historic Rogers Building Gifted To Orlando

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Orlando is receiving the historic Rogers Building as a donation.

Arts benefactor Ford Kiene had been looking after the 132-year-old building and decided to donate it to the city. However, the requirement is that the building must be used for arts and culture.

Thomas Chatmon, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Board,  said the building will have many benefits for the city.

“I just want to emphasize how appreciative we all should be for this man Ford Kiene and his generosity. His vision number one of buying that building and restoring it. His generosity to donate that to the city so that it can be maintained as a historic building for the arts,” Chatmon said.

The city has yet to decide exactly what that means for the building. Chatmon said there will be a 60 day period before the property can change hands.


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