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Thanks for this write-up. Your article was informative and captured our dream.
Thanks for all the comments. The foundation owns the theater building. During the planning stage we learned that to meet code for bathrooms etc., we would loose most of the historical features of the building. We stopped the drawing of plans until we could approached the barber next door about his willingness to sell his building. The upstairs of that building was built for the Masonic Hall. Therefore, it was constructed for a large occupancy. In days of yore, barbershops had bath facilities for men and boys. The back portion of the building will be perfect to house the restroom facilities required to meet code. With the addition of this space, not only can we preserve the historical features of the theater, we will have room for expanded uses.
We are in the planning stages. To meet code, a sprinkler system will be required. The licenced contractor who is advising us during the planning stages and beyond is a certified Lead Paint Renovator and has completed renovations. The structural engineer whom we hired is qualified to draw specs, has extensive experience in renovation of old structures, and is qualified to oversee the renovations. Staff of the company drawing the plans has experience in overseeing renovations and they are insured. Again, we are in the planning stages. Until we have the final plans and specs, we cannot finalize who will lead us through this project. One thing for sure, if they need willing hands to do some of the task, we will volunteer.
Robbins will benefit from the theater as a cultural arts center and meeting place. PLEASE HELP US!
The Robbins Village Theater Foundation holds monthly meetings. I know the above
negative people have not bothered to attend to learn any facts. They base their opinion on hearsay never bothering to search for the truth. Both buildings have been
inspected by licensed structural engineers. Minor flaws which are easily corrected have
been identified. Ceiling tiles have been professionally tested for the barbershop and do not contain asbestos. Both buildings are safe. The reason the theater is not being used is because it has not had updates to meet code and for cosmetic reasons. These can easily be met as money becomes available for renovations.
We have a licensed contractor who has and will be advising us free of charge. His advice has saved money in plans and inspections. We know renovating the theater is a big job. It is going to take a lot of people working together to accomplish it.
We have negative outsiders who put their two cents worth in without knowing any facts. Speaking of two cents, I heard a speaker talking about raising money for a hunger project use the census population for a town and multiplied it by two to get a figure and then used the census population of NC likewise. Using the same formula, if the population of Robbins gave 2 cents to the theater, we would have $24.00, but if the population of North Carolina gave two cents, we would have $190,709.66. If all of us would chip in, we could raise the money to have the theater open.
We are very excited about this project. We see it as a beneficial addition to downtown
Robbins. All of us working together, we will see this completed.
It is impossible for me to believe the voters thought by defeating the beer/alcohol referendums that it would keep people from making purchases. All it did was keep Robbins from getting the revenue from the taxes.
Being mayor takes a lot of time and effort. I hope Mr. English will devote the time the position needs.
So I do not give the wrong impression, I am a hundred percent in favor of the theater. Having a meeting place in Robbins, a place for recitals, performances, a wide range of cultural events, etc. will benefit everyone. Mention was made of North Moore's auditorium. I don't know about scheduling events there, but most schools are not that open to community programs. I am all for renovating the theater. First and foremost, it will upgrade the building. This project is in the initial planning stages. That is the reason no details are being given. It is a work in progress.
I am glad that Cornershot mentioned the Main Street program. The program is in its second year. ALL are encouraged to come out and work to improve the appearance of the town, help attract businesses, and support the businesses that are here. The Main Street program meets for one hour every first Thursday of the month at six pm at Town Hall. WE WELCOME YOU TO COME, SHARE YOUR IDEAS, YOUR TALENTS, AND YOUR TIME. That way, there will be a name and a face to your opinions. See you there.
Robbins is and has always been a friendly town with hard working people. It is facing hard economic times like many other towns. I do think we can accomplish great things if we work together and ditch the negative dialogue. When people are working as hard as they can, they deserve a pat on the back, not a slap in the face. What are you doing to help?
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