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Springville Center for the Arts work continues

I DIG IT — Volunteers included Ed Heary who worked through freezing temperatures and even more frozen ground to keep the SCA building project moving, at the North Street location.
SPRINGVILLE — Construction continues at the Springville Center for the Arts main location, the former Baptist church, located at 37 North Buffalo Street in Springville. Despite chilly temperatures, work crews are on schedule and on budget, so far.

“The weather has been less than cooperative,” said Executive Director Seth Wochensky. “The basement has been frozen solid and there’s been no digging in the ice.”

Cirbus Contracting, the firm handling the construction, removed a section of interior masonry wall and limestone, where the elevator shaft needs to go. The basement will be lowered 2 feet to be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. The SCA has also retained Jay Braymiller as architect and project manager and Richard Mrugala as draftsman.

“A framing crew, along with volunteers, is in there now doing various work,” Wochensky said.

According to the executive director, the classroom addition should be going in within the week, although the roof needs to be open to the weather for that step. Wochensky noted that snow has gotten in the way of that plan lately, but he is hopeful the workers have seen the last of that.

The next steps will include digging in the basement and cutting back the second floor of the current gallery to create an open balcony and re-exposing the stained glass windows, at their original height.

The construction, which is a New York Main Project and also must go through the State Historic Preservation Office, has seen funding from various sources, including a recently received $19,000 grant from the Western New York Foundation, which will support the elevator installation and the classroom. In total, the Buffalo Street project is supported by a total of almost $500,000 in grants. The SCA also has a $500,000 line of credit with M&T Bank, to keep the group afloat, as grants are disbursed and other funding sources are explored.

“Our last budget gap on this project will be in the actual elevator installation,” Wochensky explained. “We won’t know all the details until we receive bids for both the roof and the masonry. They are so large that small percentages up or down will have a major impact on what we are able to finish or what other funding we will need.”

The SCA has received approvals for those pieces of the project and bids from contractors are due April 17.

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