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State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that the Borough of West Chester will receive $200,000 in state funding to support the redevelopment of the new Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, located at the site of the former Pennsylvania National Guard Armory. The funding will be used for the purchase and installation of specialized lighting, visual and audio equipment, and seating at the new theater. It comes as part of $1.4 million in total community revitalization funding awarded to nine projects across the Commonwealth. The Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center officially opened this year at the site of the former armory, located at 226 N. High St. in West Chester. Dinniman was instrumental in helping the organization acquire the site from the Pennsylvania Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, after the national guard unit stationed there moved to a new facility in Coatesville.