Contractors began work this week to nail down the new floor support and lay new tiles in the Anza Community Hall.
Bill Donahue, in charge of the renovations being made at the Community Hall, said the contract for the flooring and tiling was signed only a few days before the work started on Monday, March 21, “Our hope is we can finish up in the next few weeks.”
Thursday, March 23 the contractors, hired by the Community Block Grant grantors for the Hall work, had already placed the floor supports and tiled in the chair storage room and were busy screwing down floor support boards for the main hall and starting to lay tile in the kitchen area.
“By next week the kitchen tile should be done and we can laminate the kitchen countertops,” Donahue said. The kitchen is rented out to the Community Café that specializes in American and Asian food and may reopen as soon at the Hall renovations are complete.
The tile the Hall Board has chosen is brown and appears to be like wooden slabs which will be very serviceable when finished.
Thursday, the parking lot was filled with volunteers and The FUN Group packing food boxes ordered by the needy and area residents. Since the Hall tiles were being laid the food distribution work had to be moved outside, but the weather cooperated with sunny skies and cool temperatures. The food distribution was done on time.
Donahue said the delays by the grantors who hired the outside contractor for the job “have already cost us one community event,” referring to the postponement of the KOYT Radio Spring Fling. Initially Donahue said it was hoped that community volunteers and workmen would be able to do most of the required county health and building department changes and federal ADA modifications.
But, because it a federal grant is providing the Hall project funding, the work had to be made with an approved private contractor and not volunteers. Notice of bids were published causing several weeks of work delays. In the past, the Hall was built with all volunteer help, Donahue recalled.
Once the renovations are complete business at the Hall can resume with a newly renovated kitchen, bathrooms and floors available for community and private events.