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Pardon Our Dust—Our Future Is Under ConstructionIt was a year ago this month that our Chamber newsletter featured an article on the front page announcing the decision of your Chamber Board of Directors to move forward with a proposal from the Village of Chesaning to combine offices at the chamber building. This plan includes transferring ownership of the property to the village in order to facilitate a large expansion and renovation of the building creating a community hub housing the village, police station and chamber offices. Despite a few unexpected hurdles, I am pleased to report that the project is now well underway.
Excavation for the addition is complete, along with the footings poured and masonry block delivered to begin the foundation. Although your Chamber Director, Kate Weber, is the daughter of a retired building contractor, she was still fascinated to watch the pea gravel being poured into the crawl space area by a machine called the “Stone Slinger”! These are exciting, noisy days here at the Chamber/Village building.
As of today (April 17), interior renovations are also underway, with demolition started on portions of the lobby area and office space. The old Showboat ticket office will now open into the lobby area with new space for the Village staff. There will be a secure entrance added for the back offices, including better security for the Chamber office. Our current board room will house village administrator, Troy Feltman, and soon be divided by a hallway to the addition containing a brand new council chambers/board room.
The next few months of construction will result in a few growing pains, to be sure, but the end result will be a great benefit to our chamber members. The increased traffic to our building will result in more exposure of the chamber and its members to our community, increase idea-sharing and collaboration between our staff and the village, and give our budget a boost to invest more in marketing our members and community. So, please pardon our dust, good things are coming!
Gregory C. Bruff
Board of Directors President
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