Matthews officials are hopeful renovations to the McDowell Arts Center will be complete by the Matthews Alive! festival Labor Day weekend.
The nonprofit Matthews Artists Guild plans to use the building for its annual festival art show and town spokeswoman Annette Privette Keller said this week the project is on target to be finished by Aug. 30. The same goes for the restroom addition and renovations to the former Bradford Clinic building across the street.
Renovations began in January.
Sam Tyson Builders of Monroe was hired as the general contractor for the projects, which had an initial price tag of $968,100. Unexpected problems during the early phases of the project nearly depleted its contingency fund, so town commissioners voted in April to increase the fund by an additional $31,000.
Town commissioners also hired Matthews-based The Construction Institute for $9,900 to help oversee the project.
The projects are being paid for using tourism funds, which collect revenue from prepared food and beverage taxes.
According to Privette Keller, the McDowell Arts Center, formerly known as the Agriculture Building, located in front of the Matthews Community Center, will be used for additional programs and classes offered by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department.
“Renovations to the building include fitting the rooms on the first and second floors, the addition of restrooms and an elevator,” she said.
The building was built in the 1920s as an addition to the old Matthews High School, now the Matthews Community Center, but in 2008 was turned over to the town.
The Bradford Clinic’s renovations include the addition of restrooms to the rear of the building, replacing the roof, siding and some mechanical systems.
“Everything is going very well,” she said.
At a construction update for commissioners in June, construction officials said original 1920s brickwork delayed the project until late August, the current scheduled completion time.
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