Church Street Center work moving along

Published 12:02 am Saturday, June 18, 2011

Steve Maynard marks off the area in front of the Church Street School where commemorative bricks will be placed. | Michele Gerlach/Star-News

Construction is on schedule for the Church Street Cultural Arts Center, which will become the home of Andalusia Ballet.

Andy Wiggins, director of planning and development for the City of Andalusia, who is overseeing the project, said the renovation is closer to being done than it appears from the street.

The electrical work is done, he said, and the HVAC systems are working. The interior walls are boasting paint, and on Thursday afternoon, Ingram Construction, the general contractor for the renovation, was marking the area in front of the school where commemorative bricks will be laid.

The City of Andalusia and the Andalusia Ballet are partnering for the project, in which the ballet will contribute $500,000 for the restoration project and will be the managing tenant once the project is done.

Meryane Martin Murphy, artistic director of the Andalusia Ballet, said last week she is hopeful the ballet can begin fall classes in the new facility.

The Ballet will occupy the main floor of the building, which will include a large ballet studio, smaller classrooms, dressing areas, offices and a board room, as well as Gigi’s Tutu, a boutique owned and operated by Ellen Foreman. A portion of every sale from Gigi’s will go to the Andalusia Ballet.

The basement floor of Church Street School will be used for storage, and the third floor can be developed for additional tenants in the future.