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Park Theatre hoping for January groundbreaking date

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 04, 2018

The Park Theatre’s December groundbreaking was delayed by minor engineering and architectural changes, according to CEO Steve Jackson.

Jackson said Tuesday that these minor changes – mostly moving mechanical elements closer toward the middle of the theater – will be better for the theater and less disruptive to Main Street. 

“They don’t have a problem starting in January,” said Jackson, of Hutter Construction, who will lead the project. “Hutter has given us the thumbs up and said January won’t be an issue.”

The decision to make minor engineering and architectural changes to the state-of-the-art film and performing arts center’s plans were a mutual conclusion that came after a final look through of the documents. 

Jackson expects an update within the next week or so about a potential groundbreaking date. 

When it comes to fundraising, Jackson said the theater is “darn tootin’ close” to reaching its goal for construction – a cost of more than $5 million –  meaning efforts can soon begin on raising funds for the second phase of the project: purchasing equipment needed for the inside of the theater. 

At this point, Jackson said it is still believed that the theater can open some time in 2018, although there is uncertainty about whether it will be in the fall or winter. 

Through much of 2017, it was expected that construction was going to begin last fall, but a few delays have pushed the project off to at least January. 

In July, the theater announced that construction was scheduled to begin in September. 

Toward the end of September, the theater announced a Nov. 15 groundbreaking date, with Jackson citing “many moving pieces” to the project being coordinated and that there was paperwork that needed to be finalized. 

A week prior to the groundbreaking date, Jackson sent out a press release saying that Hutter was coordinating sub-contractors to start in December. 

“At this point, we are still semi on target… we’re still talking [about opening] before the end of this year,” said Jackson. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.