The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded a Houston group tax credits for renovation of the Melba Theatre and expansion of the Houston Farmers Market.

A Houston organization last week kicked off a fund-raising campaign for renovation of the Melba Theatre and creation of the Lone Star Plaza Annex, which will provide space for the Houston Farmers Market and Texas County Friends of the Library bookstore.

Downtown Houston Inc. has been awarded tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Program by the Missouri Department of Economic Development for two projects. Several community organizations have banded together to work on the projects:

•Restoration of a 1938 icon in downtown Houston, the Melba Theatre, allowing for entertainment, community events and meetings in downtown Houston.

•Creation of the Lone Star Annex north of Lone Star Plaza, which will include restrooms for the downtown, refrigeration, as well as commercial kitchen space for canning classes for the Houston Farmers Market and room for the Friends of the Library bookstore. Downtown Houston Inc. already owns the building.

Eligible donors receive tax credits of 70 cents for each $1 contributed. Additionally, donations can be counted as a deduction on federal income tax returns. For many, a contribution costs just a few pennies for each $1 donated and keeps the tax dollars at home to improve the community.

Past donors will receive information in a mailing. Many in the county contributed earlier under the Neighborhood Assistant Program, the funding mechanism for the Lone Star Plaza and the Houston Visitors Center.

For additional information contact Elaine Campbell, development director, at Houston City Hall at 417-967-3348, email downtownhouston@houstonmo.org or learn more at melbaperformingartscenter.com. The mailing address is P.O. Box 170, Houston, Mo. 65483.

PDF: Information on tax credits for contributions

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