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BY JOSH PRESLEY
Work on the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts is closer to completion, as the renovation of the former McClure Furniture building on Commerce Street has reached the final stages.
The $460,000 renovation began in January, and the center will be the new home for the West Point/Clay County Arts Council. The city has worked on the building since earlier this year. The Campbell Center will be the first permanent home for WPCCAC.
West Point Water and Light Superintendent Dwight Prisock said construction crews are down to the finishing touches. He said the plan is to have the building finished in time for the Prairie Arts Festival on Aug. 30.
â€śThe majority of the electrical work and painting is done,â€ť Prisock said. â€śThe floors have all been polished and stained and weâ€™re just getting ready to finish up.â€ť
He said renovation initially ran into some trouble with the floors in the building, with water and piping problems beneath the floor. He said the renovation crew went in and replaced all the floors, built an elevator shaft, walls, ladiesâ€™ and menâ€™s restrooms, a kitchen, offices and storage.
â€śThey also refinished some of the outside, in addition to painting and refurbishing the facade,â€ť Prisock said. â€śThere were some window air conditioners on the second floor and we took those out and covered up the walls, and now you can barely tell they were ever there.â€ť
WPCCAC President Scott Reed said itâ€™s been fun to see everyoneâ€™s different visions come together for the arts center. He said the arts council wanted the building to be a place where citizens can come and know thereâ€™s going to be a quality event.
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