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Grass Valley donates to new KVMR building

Submitted to The Union

International technology company Grass Valley has donated more than 100 pieces of office furniture and equipment for use in the new building that KVMR 89.5FM community radio and the Nevada Theatre are constructing in downtown Nevada City.

"This generous gift from Grass Valley will save us thousands of dollars on the project," said Michael Young, president of the KVMR board of directors. "I am constantly struck by the generosity of so many people and businesses in helping to make this project a success."

Grass Valley, formerly known as the Grass Valley Group, is located on Providence Mine Road in Nevada City, among locations worldwide. It was founded in 1959 and develops technology for the video and broadcast industry.

"We recently relocated our training center to our headquarters located in Hillsboro, Ore., leaving excess furniture, which we offered to our employees and to the KVMR project, among other non-profits," said Jocelyne Pletto-Bauman, senior executive assistant.

"We are proud to reach out to our community."

Diane McIntire, the project's owners representative, coordinated the handoff of dozens of pieces of furniture, including desks, tables, work stations, chairs, filing and storage cabinets, white boards, a projector screen and equipment racks for the radio station's IT rooms.

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"It was a good fit," McIntire said. "I was able to go through their inventory and find things that fit our needs. Grass Valley was able to recycle used items, and we were able to save money. It was a win-win."

The furniture was picked up and placed at Nevada City Self Storage during a day-long moving marathon by KVMR volunteers. It will be moved to its new home when the building is finished.

Named "The Bridge Street Project" because it will be located at 120 Bridge St., the 8,000-square-foot structure will house the radio station and will effectively "bridge" the Nevada Theatre with the Miners Foundry to form a performing arts district. It replaces three dilapidated sheds that were disassembled earlier this summer, the tin saved for use on the new structure. Architect Jeff Gold designed it to be reminiscent of the historic gold rush era.

The building will become a permanent home for KVMR and will include a performance studio that will double as a community room for local artists and organizations. Also, 1,500 square feet of space directly behind the theater will be accessible from the theater as a backstage with storage, changing rooms and bathrooms for the performers.

The Bridge Street Project is scheduled to be completed next summer. Workers recently reinforced the back wall of the 148-year-old theater building where it will be joined to the new structure. They are currently preparing the site for the new building foundation.

Fundraising is ongoing and those interested in supporting the project can contact KVMR Development Director Rick Sharkey at 530-265-9073 or To see a video presentation of the project, go to

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