The property at 5 East Main was granted a one-year extension at the July 14 Springville village board meeting.
SPRINGVILLE—The Springville Center for the Arts and the Arts Cafe got some happy news at the July 14 Springville Village Board meeting. A one-year extension was approved by the trustees for the renovation of the building at 5 East Main St.
“We’re happy the trustees extended the deadline,” said Springville Center for the Arts Executive Director Seth Wochensky.
Wochensky explained the original development agreement had several deadlines that stated it could be extended if there was reasonable cause for delay.
“Given some of the challenges we had, there was reasonable delay,” said Wochensky. “But we didn’t stop work because of this deadline.”
Wochensky was referring to the discovery of asbestos in the building and the substandard soil. The building was stripped to its bones and is now in the rebuilding stages, according to Wochensky. The foundation work will continue through the end of August, then the steel will be installed and the structure will go up floor by floor.
“We’re looking to have a structure by the beginning of November,” Wochensky said. “Then we can start with all the inside traits.”
The trustees approved the extension after Wochensky provided them with detailed plans for the continuation of the building. Wochensky was asked to update the board after a special meeting was held on June 18.
Village Mayor William Krebs thanked Wochensky for his quick response with the plans and his dedication to the project.
“I think we should approve that, since Seth [Wochensky] has shown an open dialogue with [grant administrator] Alma Brown,” Krebs said. “Thanks for your follow-up after the last meeting.”
Wochensky said he’s hoping to have the Arts Cafe opened in May, granted everything cooperates from here on out.
“We’re excited to see the project transition from drawings and pictures to something people can see,” Wochensky said. “If the weather and the budget go as planned, we’re on track to getting the building back to the state of being, well, a building.”
The board also approved a contract between the village and 360 PSG to redesign the village’s website. Krebs explained the updating of the website will allow for easier access for residents and make it easier for officials to update the site more frequently.
The board heard from the Springville Volunteer Fire Department’s chief Dennis Dains, who updated them on the thermal imaging cameras the department recently acquired. Three fire vehicles are now equipped with thermal cameras, which allow firefighters to better identify where the fire is through smoke.
Renaming the village of Springville to Fiddler’s Green for July 26, 2014 was also approved at the meeting. In conjunction with the Fiddler’s Fest, the village will adopt the original name of the village.
The next board meeting will be Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Village of Springville Municipal building, located at 65 Franklin St.