First half of $5.3 million renovation work startworked Tuesday
The Calvin Theater Might Even be a ghost of its former self, however historic preservationist Greg Strothkamp said He is In a place to spfinish $5.2 million to resurrect it.
“The Calvin has been uncared for. All of us Know it has, however We now Have not given up on this theater,” said Strothkamp, 39, Who’s startworking a multimillion-greenagain renovation of the historic theater that noticed its first audiences in 1909 and that his househprevious purchased in 1999.
“People Want To primarytain in thoughts 2008 and 2009 have been two yrs when people misplaced everyfactor,” Strothkamp said. “My househprevious Is not any completely different, however we’ve dug ourselves out and are In a place to take this enterprise on. … I’ve had it for this prolonged; I don’t Want To current it up now.”
The primary half of the renovation work was scheduled To startwork Tuesday with crews tuck-leveling The outdoors of the constructing. Subsequent up is A mannequin new metallic roof on the auditorium and a alternative roof over the stage space.
Strothkamp, a former Washington resident who now stays in rural Wildwood, said The mannequin new roofs Shall be accomplished by The prime of the yr. As quickly as accomplished, Strothkamp said He’ll flip his consideration to securing $2.3 million in state and federal tax credit for historic renovation and restoration.
He said A private investor, whom he declined to decide, is financing the restoration in commerce for the tax credit. He said David and Jerri Hoffmann Have not contacted him Regarding the theater. The Hoffmanns are investing As a lot as $150 million in close by Augusta Inside the hopes Of making the group a nationwide vacation spot for wine-associated tourism. They’ve purchased wineries and completely different companies and plan To assemble resorts in and round Augusta.
The Calvin Theater renovation is welcome information for Washington Community and Financial Enchancment Director Sal Maniaci.
“We’re thrilled To Take heed to that,” Maniaci said. “That property is A spotlight for Elm Road, and to see it renovated Shall be good for the district. I am glad That they are investing in it and conveying it again to life.”
Maniaci said the opening of the theater Might be a boon for companies downmetropolis and all by way of Washington.
“I can see That people coming in for a current are going to be spfinishing further time in Washington, which Is An environment nice factor. They might Are out there and primarytain …….