Spring 2023 Update

I am sorry that it has taken until now to provide an update.  It has been a cold, wet winter with very slow progress and several disappointments.  As the days grow longer and warmer, we are hoping for dryer weather and increased activity at Cedar Springs.  Here is where we stand currently.

The power conduit is in the ground.  We got lucky with this one.  Since distribution lines run through my property and we chose to bury the lines rather than go overhead, the power company was extremely accommodating.  They will soon be pulling the lines and we will have ample power for everything we plan to build on the property… and then some.

The base for the power box and conduit
The base for the power box and conduit

The base for the driveway and parking area has been installed.  It is a bumpy road at the moment. However, there is no sense in making it perfect at this point, only to have to redo it after construction vehicles and equipment are but a memory.

Water lines have been laid.  This was our worst nightmare to date in this grand adventure.  We chose to run a 4” main extension from the street to the build site (1100 feet) to allow for ample volume and pressure for all the buildings that will require water.  It is more than we will ever need, but… I won’t bore you with the details but I will say: the actual cost was triple what the estimate was when we bought the property.

Water connections
Water connections

The 60’x40’ steel building that will house the woodshop/classroom was delivered on Valentines Day.  Four of us and a large forklift offloaded the trailer into the parking area in about four hours.  As of this past weekend—over five weeks later—all the pieces are sitting exactly where I left them that day.  Unfortunately, it has been an unusually wet and warm winter, not accommodating to foundation digging and concrete work.  Hopes are high that the crew will be able to begin soon, and we will see progress that is above ground level.

Woodshop arrival and offload
Woodshop arrival and offload

For everyone that has donated and joined us on this adventure, we are so very grateful.  Your support means more than you will ever know.  We have a long way to go but we’re one day closer.  I will try to be better about updating regularly.  Hopefully, construction will be underway soon and there will be happier things to write about.

For anyone who wants to help, the GoFundMe is still available as are fund raiser bricks to help save the Messy Arts Pavilion, here. We are looking at other ideas for fundraisers… if you have a brilliant idea, please share!

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