As bad as that post title is given that the 2016 election is nearly here, it also is appropriate when talking about our building renovations (sorry for the scare!).
Our long journey toward renewing the infrastructure of our hall to upgrade the bathrooms, create a commercial kitchen, and refurbish much of the rest of the building (including a new deck at the back!) is nearly complete (see the picture).
We hope to be open for business soon, and after a workday today that attracted about 15 volunteers who worked for much of the day to get things ready, we are nearing that goal rapidly. Those of you who haven’t seen the hall for 6 months or more would be astonished to see it today, and even more so after we finish the back deck and get more finishing touches in the interior complete. Suffice it to say that you will be delighted with the changes, as are we who have been working to accomplish them.
There are so many “thank yous” to hand out, but Seth Dolinsky, our President, is the person to do that as I expect he will once we have completed our renovations. Meanwhile, stay tuned about news of a “Grand Re-Opening” party to re-introduce to both the renovated building as well as the new organization we will be becoming.
Progress continues on the Sonoma Springs Community Hall building and kitchen. We are well on the way to our goal, but are reaching the end of our available funds. As many know, older buildings require extra work and infrastructure to bring up to modern standards. In our case, much of the existing Hall building has reached the end of its usable lifespan. Many construction techniques that may have been deemed sufficient 60 years ago are now not up to code.
In short, this renovation has been more costly than was calculated on our initial estimates. We are gearing up for a final fundraising push, with the hope that we can drum up support through financial, material, and in-kind donations to bring a commercial kitchen to the Springs and Sonoma Valley Community. Look for more information on this effort and spread the word that there exists a great opportunity to contribute to our community through this worthy endeavor.
The following is a list of this projects remaining needs: KitchenWishList
Sonoma Springs Community Hall President
Over the past month, our member volunteers have once again come out to assist with our ongoing building renovation project. We emptied out the cupboards, stored ite
ms we are looking to keep, and gave away what we do not need. Next was the fun part! Taking sledgehammers, cats claws and crowbars to the old kitchen infrastructure, getting it down to the “bare bones”. We will do what we can to ready this space for our contractor, so that they can come in and get busy with the finer details of constructing a new commercial kitchen!
Special thanks to Sandie Sanders, Cathleen Swanson, Claudia Sims, Steve Dungan, Ray Gallian, George Dolinsky, Gary Seifer and the honorable Jim Callahan for extra duty on this project…. Stay tuned!