The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Renovation on the former Lynch Hardware building expected to be completed by spring.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Renovations to transform the old Lynch Hardware building into the Harvester Performance Center continue to move forward with completion set for early spring.
The performance center was approved by Rocky Mount Town Council earlier this year.
"Price Buildings, the contractor, is doing a great job," said Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins, "and they are really good to work with."
Elevated seating is being constructed at the back of the performance hall for a better view of the stage.
"We don't think there will be a bad seat in the house," added Hankins. "We may have underestimated the seating capacity in the performance hall when we said 350. It's probably 400 or more seats."
The work has continued on schedule, but much of the time consuming work is yet to come, Hankins said.
"That includes a heating and cooling system, electrical and finishing work," he added.
The estimated completion date of the project is March 2014.
The cost to transform the old hardware store into the performance center is estimated at $2.2 million.
The town purchased the building for $240,750 in November 2011. Half the cost of the renovations is expected to come from historic tax credits with the rest from grants and donations from foundations, Hankins said.
Establishing the performance center is one way for Rocky Mount to take advantage of its status as the eastern gateway to the Crooked Road - Virginia's Heritage Trail, which winds from Franklin County to Dickerson County.
The street level interior will provide space for a theater and elevated stage, seating, lobby, gallery space, concessions and restrooms.
The lower level will house a banquet hall, kitchen, restrooms, flexible meeting rooms and storage.