update on progress toward
Completing the Restrooms and Improvements
The unfortunate pause that resulted from COVID has had its drawbacks, but also benefits, toward the timetable for implementation of the restroom project and for improvements to the lobby and exterior of the building. One of the issues resulting from the pause is the inflationary impact on project costs. While the community has continued to contribute toward the theatre, inflation has made these contributions only incremental toward our goals. On the other hand we were able to identify some structural issues that needed attention, issues that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. Thanks to the generosity of FRC Construction those improvements were made at cost.
Another benefit of the delay is that it provided an opportunity to look more closely at the project from a practical perspective. We have come up with a plan that both creates more direct access from the lobby to the restrooms, and solves a problem with disability access. With these two important issues addressed, we are now close to submitting the plans for approval by the City of Lakeport.
Next steps include breaking ground to build the restroom structure, and getting it closed in. The next phase of the project will be to fundraise for the interior finishes and renovation of the lobby area in order to address access issues that have existed since the building was built 75 years ago.
The patience and generosity of the community has truly been outstanding. Many of our donors ask about where we stand, but all understand the magnitude of this renovation project for the Soper Reese Theatre. The year 2024 is shaping up to be a big step toward the next phase of this community venture.
Thank you for taking this ride with us.
Michael B. Adams
Soper Reese Theatre