We now have our building permit and will be putting footers in as soon as the ground is ready. The thaw over the past few days has done wonders for the site. Steve Lilley with S&K Excavating did a great job getting the site clear of the snow so it would be dry and ready to roll quickly.
Just to give you an idea of how big this project is, the footers will be 3' deep. The footers on your house might be 12-18" deep. The cost of the footers, just the footers, is right under $100,000. I had a Realtor tell me that putting in footers didn't mean anything. That I could be bluffing. He clearly did not understand the value of money.
That brings up another point, for some reason there are a number of people who don't think this theater is real. Well, it is and we will be open on September 1, 2010. Just to back up some of the questions of how serious I am about this, here is a list of some of the professionals already contracted with on this project:
General Contract: Jon Sweringen, Platinum Construction
Architect: Robert Pilkington and Dennis Stevens, Balzer & Associates,
Site Engineer: Ray Burkholder, Balzer & Associates
Site Contractor: Steve Lilley, S&K Excavating
Interior Designer: Hiedi Cupka, Interior Creations
Integrators: Jerry Van de Wright and Beven Wright, MIT
Concessions: Proctor Companies
General Manager, Steven LeRose
Banking: Laurie Landes, First Bank & Trust
There are others, but I think you get the point. We are serious, we are coming and we are Zeus!