Opera House foundation repairs complete

Repairs to the Opera House foundation on the west side of the building have been completed at a cost of $34,000.

When the Opera House was built, an exterior room outside of the west wall underneath the sidewalk along Railroad Avenue was constructed to store coal. Over the years, water seeped into the room, causing the walls to deteriorate and collapse. As a result, the west foundation was stressed and a structural crack had developed on the west wall of the building.

The contractor completed the repair work in July after the O.P.E.R.A. board okayed the construction bid.

Thanks to our generous donors and the fundraising efforts of our organization, O.P.E.R.A. had enough funds on hand to cover the costs of first two phases. However, the repair expenses have eaten the O.P.E.R.A. fund reserves which have been built up over the years. Another $24,100 is needed to complete the entire repair project.