Downtown Glens Falls, NY experiences failed urban renewal
Glens Falls sees many businesses flee the city as big box chains open in neighboring communities
Glens Falls feels the strain of a significant economic downturn in much of upstate New York
A group of private business leaders create a nonprofit group called Partners for Progress dedicated to strengthening the downtown commercial district of Glens Falls, NY.
Woolworth’s in downtown Glens Falls closes its doors.
Partners for Progress identifies the former Woolworth’s as the largest and most modern on the main block of downtown, as a key to the downtown’s future and purchases it.
Adirondack Theatre Festival requests and is granted permission to produce their second summer theater festival in the empty building.
ATF continually produces successful summer seasons in the empty Woolworth’s leading Partners for Progress to determine the facility would be best used as a year round performing arts center.
A Public fundraising effort is kicked off by a $250,000 challenge grant issued by the Charles R. Wood Foundation.
The community overwhelmingly meets the capital campaign goals.
Ground is broken and the theater is officially named the Charles R. Wood Theater after its largest supporter.
The theater opens its doors on June 12.