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Springville board holds special meeting on arts cafe

The building at 5 East Main, the proposed site for the Arts Cafe has hit some setbacks during the first two years of construction.
SPRINGVILLE—The Springville village board held a special meeting Wednesday June 18 where the development and progress of the property at 5 East Main Street owned by the Springville Center for the Arts was discussed.

This meeting was also to discuss extensions for two grants they receive because of the problems they faced so far. Springville Center for the Arts formally requested extensions for the Village Development Agreement, which expires July 31, 2014 and the NY Main Street program grant, which expires November 2014.

SCA Executive Director Seth Wochensky started off the meeting with a presentation about what has happened to the building so far and the problems that they have encountered. During the renovations, they found problems with asbestos removal, problems with the foundation and problems with the walls that delayed the project more than expected as well as increased costs more than they wanted.

“In essence, we had the old triangle situation with cost on one side, quality on one side and speed on the other and you can only pick two out of the three and we really had to take some time and reduce those costs,” said Wochensky. “As we started looking at things, the various options we looked at needed redesign and that is a slow process.”

Jay Biscup of Seneca Steel Erectors also spoke during the meeting to inform the board that it will be a slow process for the installation of the new steel for the building. All the steel has to be drawn and made off site and transported to site and that adds a lot of extra time to the project. Biscup said that if everything goes smooth, the steel could be up in either November or December.

“The process with structural steel is inheritably a slow one,” said Biscup. “This is not a big job by my standards, but it’s intricate given the square footage and tonnage involved. “

Wochensky then informed the board about changes in priorities going forward with the building because of a shift in costs. As of now, finishing the steel, roof, back wall and front façade are top priority to open the first floor café first. Then if needed, the residential space upstairs and the artist workshop downstairs will be put on the back burner for now and picked up later in the process.

Wochensky also wanted to bring up to the board that he felt that they have not been advocates for the project. But Springville Mayor William Krebs wanted to assure that they are fully on board with the project.

“The village has been a strong advocate for 5 East Main Street since it’s been proposed,” said Krebs. “We felt that the arts center stepped up and put together this complex project that was just in line with the village center.”

Krebs finished up telling Wochensky what they needed from him before their next meeting. They will need a more detailed schedule on the work going forward, updates on the budget and more information on the scope of work by July 9. If some of the information does get delayed, they will also consider holding another special meeting on the subject.


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2014-06-23 | 20:22:24
Seth needs to stop blaming everyone and anyone for the lack of progress at Arts Cafe. It is because of the Village and their help that he has even received the property at all. Man up Seth and quit placing blame on the State of NY, the village, the residents and everyone else for the lack of progress until this point