MOUNT VERNON — Walk through the Woodward Opera House and Annex today and it is hard to believe it could be ready for a grand opening by March or to have an occupancy permit by the beginning of January.
Of course, that permit doesn’t mean businesses moving into the building are ready to open, but they can go in to finish their areas to meet their specific needs.
Some of the office suites, such as the one on the second floor to be occupied by the Zelkowitz, Barry and Cullers law firm, are “essentially done,” said Project Manager Pat Crow.
Some need flooring or carpet installed and wood trim finished.
The more you look around, the more you can see past the dust and clutter of construction and start to see the finished project emerging and realize things are further along than they seem at first glance.
The centerpiece of the project, the 500-seat theater on the third and fourth floor, still needs the stage floor installed, the stage area painted and rigging installed. Flooring needs to be reinstalled in the seating area (the original flooring was saved), the back wall and lobby finished, and the seating installed. The artwork and the frames that flanked the stage have been packaged and sent to a restoration firm in Cleveland.
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