The Nevada Theatre Commission and the KVMR 89.5 Community Radio Board of Directors will launch their new collaborative building project 9:45 a.m. April 29 at the site behind the historic theater in downtown Nevada City.
Nevada City has given the two organizations approval to disassemble the three tin sheds behind the theater at 120 Bridge St. and build an 8,000-square-foot building that will provide a new home for KVMR and a new backstage area for the 148-year-old theater.
The event, which is open to the public, will enable interested parties to view the sheds before they are taken down soon after the event.
The three sheds, which were built at different times starting in the late 19th century, are in danger of collapse.
They will be disassembled and the tin and wood beams reused in the new building, where possible. The new building exterior will closely resemble the sheds in keeping with the historic look of downtown Nevada City.
The two nonprofits are working collaboratively to plan and raise money from the community to construct the $3 million building.
Deconstruction of the sheds is slated to begin in late April, and groundbreaking for the new building is scheduled to start in June with completion in the summer of 2014.
The radio station turns 35 years old this summer, and the theater will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015.
The new building will include a state-of-the-art performance studio that doubles as a community room where local, regional and national groups can provide live music and community forums. The two new acoustically designed broadcast studios will improve the station’s sound.
The new building will provide 1,500 square feet of backstage space accessible to the theater stage where the two buildings connect. It will include rehearsal space, a dressing room, storage and restrooms.
The project will also enable KVMR, which is on the air around the clock and is the county’s official emergency broadcast media, to provide better news coverage during emergencies.
The general contractor is Landmark Construction, and the architect for the project is Jeff Gold and Associates and Denis Kutch for the theater. The owners’ representative is Diane McIntire.