RALEIGH — The City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2 to give a matching grant of $180,000 to the Burning Coal Theater for the renovation of the auditorium of the Murphey School at 443 N. Person St. The grant will be part of the existing streetscape reserve fund for the Blount Street area redevelopment.
The 1.3 acres of the Murphey School property are owned by the city of Raleigh and are being leased to the Downtown Housing Improvement Corp. for residential housing for the elderly. The Burning Coal Theater Company has made arrangements to renovate the school's auditorium for a 200-seat theater.
The Burning Coal Theater Company is a local, nonprofit dramatic company focusing on overlooked classics, modern and contemporary plays.