Robinson Grand Theater Bid for Entire Project Will Go Out on September 8th

By Lisa Troshinsky, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram, August 15, 2016

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CLARKSBURG — Progress on the Robinson Grand Theater reopening is moving rapidly, as the city plans to start the bidding on the entire project in the fall, according to Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe.

The legal bid will go out Sept. 8, said Anthony Bellotte, assistant city manager. Construction will be fully underway in late November.

“We will advertise the bid on the complete renovation and restoration of the theater in September,” Howe said. “Then we’ll have a mandatory pre-bid meeting for any interested contractors. It will be a turn-key project — every item under construction will be included in the bid packet. This will include the entire exterior and entire interior of the theater.”

Current construction outside the front of the building involves sewer and drainage work, Howe said.

“There was poor drainage in front of the theater and no inlet for the water to drain into,” Howe said. “The nearest one is on the corner of 6th and Pike, and there was poor drainage there.”

“We installed one curb inlet, tore up and replaced 80 feet of curb, and installed four taps — two sanitary sewer and two storm sewers,” Bellotte said. “The work was done by S.W. Group, out of Grafton, for $36,000. We moved this work ahead of schedule to coordinate with the Department of Highways paving project for West Pike Street.

“We’re getting ready to put storm/sanitary sewer line additions on Hewes Avenue from W. 6th Street to Library Lane,” he said. “This will increase the accessibility use of existing sanitary and storm lines throughout the building. We’re also putting in a spare conduit for potential future need.”

The asbestos abatement work — done by Cira and Associates Consulting for $9,832 — has been completed, Howe said.

“We are waiting on the documentation to show completion of the project and get air clearance monitoring,” Howe said. “We wanted to be proactive with this prior to going out to bid for renovation.”

“We’ve also removed a large portion of material from the building and placed it in storage so we can inventory and dispose of any miscellaneous items that aren’t necessary to keep,” he said. “These are things like broken, loose chairs. The work was done by our city crews.”

City officials are excited that the old theater, which is located at 444 W. Pike St. and has been vacant for decades, is scheduled to reopen as a multi-purpose arts venue in the spring of 2018.

The theater will host national, regional and local acts — plays, lectures, comedy, dance and art performances and classes — and will house a ballroom for events and receptions.

The city, which purchased the building for $430,000, is in the process of raising money for the theater’s extensive restoration, which is being headed up by Kathleen DuBois, president of Progressity Inc. DuBois estimates the total budget for the project will be $15 million, which includes a contingency.

WYK Associates is the architect for the theater project.

Anyone wanting updates can visit the project’s new website: