The Grande Ballroom has been nationally recognized as a historic site.

After a final effort from supporters in September, the former rock ‘n’ roll hub at Grand River Avenue and Joy Road was added to the National Register of Historic Places last week.

Nabbing the designation will help the property qualify for tax credits and grants. Leo Early, who pushed for the listing alongside the building’s owner, Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church, said that next steps include reviewing the results of a structural integrity report and drawing up plans for the building’s use.

“It’s awesome. … Being on the list itself doesn’t really offer protection, but it’s definitely an asset for seeking funding or grants or things of that nature,” Early said.

The arduous process has been in the works for about a decade. Supporters first had to secure approval with advisory agencies in Detroit and Lansing earlier this fall before making the national list on Dec. 10.

The National Park Service oversees the registry.

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