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SCA construction moving along, despite several snags

SPRINGVILLE — Despite a few unexpected developments, the construction projects enacted by the Springville Center for the Arts at its two Springville properties are moving ahead.

Executive director of the Springville Center for the Arts Seth Wochensky met with Village of Springville Mayor William Krebs and Village Administrator Tim Horner on Jan. 15, to update the village on the SCA’s construction projects at 37 North Buffalo St. and 5 East Main St. The results of that meeting were reported by Krebs at the village board of trustees’ Jan. 21 regular meeting.

At the North Buffalo property, the SCA has retained Jay Braymiller as architect and project manager and Richard Mrugala as draftsman. The work, which is being done by an estimated 30 volunteers, in addition to contractors, hit a snag when interior masonry damage was discovered.

That damage was determined to impact the structural integrity of the building, and therefore required revisions to the building plans be sent to the State Historic Preservation Office, for additional approval.

An additional building permit is pending, from that organization, but asbestos abatement will proceed, as scheduled. Demolition and foundation work are close to being bid out, according to Wochensky, and the roof and masonry are being prepared for the bid process, after a SHPO delay related to the slate material selected for the roof.

Wochensky reported that he will check with Village Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta, to make sure that the proper building permits are submitted within a reasonable time frame.

The SCA’s target date for most of the work’s completion is July 31, although exterior masonry will continue into the fall.

On East Main Street, Braymiller and Mrugala have also been retained, along with an estimated 20 volunteers and additional contractors.

Interior demolition and asbestos abatement have been finished and the measurements are being taken for the steel work and rear wall demolition.

Permits will still be needed for footer and basement work, to support the weight of steel girders. Options for how to do that are being considered by the contractors, and will be sent to SHPO for approval. The project also has to be approved by the National Park Service, since it is classed as a preservation project.

Wochensky said that his target completion date for that building is July 31, as well.

Krebs reported that Wochensky will apply for an extension on the two-year contract for completion, if it becomes necessary.

Each of these projects are supported by a number of grants, including the Environmental Protection Fund; New York Parks, Home and Community Renewal; Rural Area Rehabilitation Project; Empire State Development; Environmental Facility Corporation; the Green Innovation Grant Project and the New York Main grant. Those grants total $434,310 for the North Buffalo property and $444,810 for East Main Street, for a grand total of $879,120.

The SCA has a line of credit with M&T Bank for $500,000, since grants are paid out at the completion of each funded stage as reimbursements or in increments, as the work is completed.

“It’s possible, with all the changes [in construction], there might be a cashflow problem, involving the line of credit the project has with M&T Bank,” Krebs noted. “[Wochensky] has been advised to seek out the possibility of other funding sources, as a contingency possibility.”

One of those sources is Leonard Skrill of New York Community and Home Renewal, who Wochensky has been consulting for possible grant sources.

“It’s moving right along,” Krebs said, of the SCA’s projects. “They’ve hit some unexpected developments, which happens with big projects like this, but they’re making progress and re-evaluating as time goes on.”


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