Harry Kollatz reports in this month’s Richmond Magazine that the Black History Museum will be closing this summer in preparation for it’s move a renovated Leigh Street Armory next year.
The upfit of the armory by Richmond’s BAM architects will include a green-roofed addition and a total of 22,000 square feet. A small plaza along St. Peter Street will allow for outdoor receptions and other events. The annual budget should double to $600,000 a year, (Board chairman) Burrs says, allowing the staff to grow from three to at least seven. Burrs intends for the armory alone to open in 2013.
Plans are to raise $5,000,000 to complete construction (including $1.9 million in tax credits) and $3 million for the endowment fund. There’s no word on exactly how much has been raised, but they are seeking donations from donors large and small.