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Curt Walton to leave Foundation for the Carolinas

Curt Walton says he will leave his role as a vice president with Foundation for the Carolinas in April, just a little over a year after taking the position.

Walton, who retired as Charlotte’s city manager at the end of 2012, has led the foundation’s project to renovate the Carolina Theatre on South Tryon Street for civic meeting space. He said he decided to step down because that renovation project has moved from startup phase to actual design and construction.

“As we transition ... I’ll let someone with more of that kind of experience lead the project,” Walton said in an email interview.

Tara Keener of Foundation for the Carolinas said the nonprofit is still determining who will be hired to take over the project. Backers of the effort envision the theater becoming a space for civic engagement, hosting events such as town hall meetings and debates, in addition to arts and educational programming.

The Carolina Theatre opened in 1927 and was one of the city’s most prominent venues before closing in 1978.

Foundation officials expect the renovation to be completed in 2017 or 2018.

Walton has worked in a variety of roles in the community since leaving the city, including as interim executive director of the Council for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit that works on behalf of children in the community.

Walton said he plans to stay in Charlotte and be a management consultant, including working with Levridge Resources, which focuses on nonprofits.

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