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Highlands set for long-awaited renovations

ASHLAND, Ky. — Carol Allen hopes the long-anticipated renovations will begin on the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center within the next two weeks.

The museum received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state government in December of 2015 for upgrades that will allow the building to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act.

Allen, the director of the museum, said a 25 percent match was also needed with the grant, that the Woodlands Foundation provided, adding another $125,000.

“Overall it’s just a wonderful opportunity for us to repair what needs to be repaired and then we can move forward to new and better things here,” she said.

Renovations include new front entrances, a new elevator, bathrooms on all three levels and “hopefully” a new kitchen and back doors, according to Allen.

The lower entrance toward 16th Street will have a theater-style opening that will be taller and wider so large exhibits and pieces of equipment will fit through.

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