Vets Building Construction Moves Forward
Plumbing, footers for new section only weeks away
The mounds of dirt are gone and the earthen ramp leading down into the newly poured basement has given way to a flattened and smooth surface. Now construction crews are ready to move forward with the next phase of the renovation/reconstruction of the Danville Veterans Memorial Building.
The major undertaking to renew and revamp the venerable structure in the heart of Danville’s Downtown has continued to make progress despite a rainy December, and is poised to begin construction on the completely new section of the structure.
During the fall, Zovich and Sons construction completed pouring the walls and framing the basement section that will be under the existing building on Hartz Avenue and partially under the new structure. With the excess earth removed and flattened, crews dug wide trenches to accommodate plumbing for the new building.
The $8.1 million project is designed to maintain the character and charm of the original structure, while adding on a new section that will provide nearly double the space of the 6,000 square foot building. The space at the Veterans Memorial Building is shared between area veterans groups, the Town of Danville’s Senior programs and the community.
The Town and area veterans groups are partnering to pay the cost of the project. Veterans continue to hold various fundraisers to help defray that cost. Veterans will occupy the 2-story section facing out onto Hartz Avenue. Office space has been designed to allow the representatives of the veterans groups to store records, hold counseling sessions and conduct business.
Seniors will have the rear of the new building facing out onto Prospect Avenue. The area is divided into classrooms, meeting areas and a small kitchen. A large auditorium space in the middle will be shared by both groups as well as being available for rent by the community.
Over the next week, pipes for the building’s internal plumbing will be laid. Once this is completed, footers will be poured, followed by the foundation. Construction is expected to be finished by the end of 2011.