Tybee Post Theater/FOTT Update – 2010

February 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Tybee Post Theater

by Pamela Lappin

2009 was an amazing year for the Tybee Post Theater, and thanks to a grant from the State of Georgia and the generosity of the Tybee community, once again we have a beautiful building facade. The board also wishes to thank Cullen Chambers, Executive Director of the Tybee Island Historical Society and John Herdina, FOTT board member, who supervised this important project and to everyone on the Friends of the Tybee Theater Board who worked hard this year to make us so
successful.

In addition to the facade, we are currently working inside the building to bring it up to code so that we can start having a limited number of events on-site and really appreciate the city working with us on this project. What’s in store for 2010? That’s up to all of us. We’re currently raising money to begin Phase Two of the renovation that will include the following:

Entry Door Hardware $ 4,000 Accessible Parking and Walkway $ 8,000
Exit Door $ 5,800 Chairs $ 7,500
Railing and Steps $ 8,000 General Conditions $ 18,000
Platforms (Tiered Floor) $54,000 Contractors Overhead & Fee (5%) $ 7,300
Ventilation $15,000 Design Fees (8%) $ 12,200
Lighting $ 6,000 Contingency (5%) $ 8,250
Power $15,000
Fire Alarm and Security $ 10,000 PHASE TWO GRAND TOTAL: $ 175,050

When Phase Two is completed, we will have a code compliant building. After Phase Three the building will be usable for the community. After decades of disuse and then years of planning, first by the Tybee Historical Society and then by the Friends of the Tybee Theater, we are now on the threshold of a new era for Tybee Island. A performing arts center, attracting locals and tourists, helping to fill seats in restaurants and beds in lodging establishments is within our reach.

Please, join us Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm at the American Legion for our annual public meeting to find out how you can help “Raise the Curtain.” And don’t forget our 2nd annual Tybee Wine Festival on the grounds of the Tybee Island Lighthouse on April 17th. For information visit: http://www.tybeeposttheater.org.

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