The dry conditions wreaking havoc on California, ironically, are helping the Bridge Street Project, Nevada City’s largest community arts construction in nearly 150 years.
With little to no rain days slowing construction of the nearly $4 million home for KVMR and the Nevada Theatre expansion, Landmark Construction — the general contractor — says work could be completed by late August.
Diane McIntire, the project’s owner’s representative, says the framing contractor has moved in scaffolding this week in preparation to begin work in back of the current Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City.
“In the next several weeks, there will be a combination of wood and metal framing work,” McIntire explained. “When the framing starts, it’s really going to look like something.”
With the foundation laid in mid-January, the building is finally starting to take shape — much to the smiles of both the Nevada City radio station and theater officials.
“You really are starting to get a sense of how it fits on the site and how it fits against the theater building,” said McIntire. “With the building rising out of the ground, we’ll start seeing excitement about the project as people get a realistic idea of what this is going to mean for downtown Nevada City.”
McIntire is working with contractors on behalf of both KVMR and the Nevada Theatre, as well as the community at large.
“We got lucky with the shortage of rain,” said McIntire. “If there’s a silver lining (in the drought), it’s good for KVMR.”
Among other things, some dry rot in the back wall of the Nevada Theatre and a pesky, unexpected buried heating oil tank slowed things down originally.
Now, however, construction is starting to roll. In fact, some work is even being done inside the old Nevada Theatre, preparing it to connect to the project.
“All the finishes have been designed and ordered as well for the new building,” added McIntire.
Then there was the siding issue, now resolved and approved by city officials.
“A lot of the siding we took off the old sheds (on the property) turned out not to be usable,” said McIntire. “But we were fortunate to get much more used, recycled siding, thanks to Keith Robertson of Sons Development.”
McIntire also noted she’s looking forward to the antennae tower artwork that’ll grace the structure.
“It’s the signature piece and the landmark for the new building,” she said with a smile.
KVMR’s winter membership drive had raised over $66,000 — and counting — by earlier this week from over 640 different donors.
With 110 new members, it’s the largest percentage of KVMR newbies — 17 percent of contributors — in four years.
Birds in eTown
The up-and-coming roots music duo, Birds of Chicago, will be nesting March 1 at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, but they’ll first be guests on the 200-station national music show, eTown, at 7 p.m. Sunday night (KVMR 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
A weekly wrap-up of news and oddities about community radio station KVMR (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming), a noncommercial station offering diverse musical programming, independent news and provocative public affairs from about 150 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” Complete program listings are available at kvmr.org