The Best Laid Plans….

By on 9 March, 2016 in Art, City Living, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

IMG_4058If you’ve read many of my posts here — or if we’ve met to discuss the possible renovation of your home — you’ve heard (or read) me say, “Where renovation is concerned, you need to allow twice as much money and ten times as much time as you had originally anticipated.”

That phrase can most certainly apply to the missive from Capri Theatre Director Martin McCaffery that appeared recently in my snail mail box:

“I’ve been told renovations take twice as long and cost twice as much as planned for. At the Capri Theatre, we’re finding out that is true. Originally, we hoped to be nearing reopening by now [February 8], but instead we are just beginning the renovations. In December we discovered asbestos. Although it was safely contained within the walls, we had to have it abated before the renovation project could start. This also required redesigning part of the project to avoid spending the entire budget on asbestos abatement. We were certified clean just before Christmas. At that time we planned to begin after New Year’s, only to run into a wall of bureaucratic delays for the entire month. Now, however, we are moving forward. We have contracted WK Upchurch Construction Co to oversee the project, along with our architect, Ray Williams of Barganier Davis Sims Architects and actual work will soon be underway. Current projections are for the theatre to reopen for screenings by the beginning of April, with work to continue in the daytimes through the summer.”

We who love the Capri will wait patiently. And we who live in old houses must remember “twice as much money, ten times as much time…”

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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