With the incredible help of Keith of Plymouth Engineering and his staff, we have the blue prints & manual done and the Phase 2 (finishing part) part of the project is going out to bid next week!!!!
The budget is over (of course) but today the DRDC board members whittled down things we are going to have to do with volunteers (like insulating in some areas & shelving, among other things). We are not going to be able to finish off parts of the building in the basement right off maybe, but we will finally get it open in the fall.
it has been a long road working with grants and doing everything by both code to fit the grants and normal Fire Marshall code, etc.
There were a lot of starts, stops and do overs with things out of "OUR" control, but we are rolling with the punches.
Because of Keith, he is leading us in the right direction, fixing past architects mistakes, and getting it right! Sometimes to my dismay because of commercial cost vs. Maine common sense, but he doesn't get fluster with my frustrations and tears. He just leads us to move on!!!
Next week, can you believe it??? I sure do hope that local contractors bid on this project and keep it local and keep the costs reasonable so we can finally open the Fossa Store and provide jobs in the store, education for the public and farmers, create jobs on the farms because we will be selling their local farm products and keeping it local!
Sorry I made this so long, but I could go on forever.... We are happy that this day has finally come.