Click to expand (Pictured above: Tony Brljevich – District Councillor, David Keeves – Chair of Senior Settlement Trust, Carlene Carmichael – Chair of Coromandel Bizarre Trust, and Peter Pritchard – Chair of Coromandel-Colville Community Board). The reinstatement of the building began in February. Since then, the roof has been replaced on the main building, the old stage and internal entry porch have been removed, along with internal wall linings to the main building and annex. Progress continues on the Coromandel Citizens Hall with the physical transformation now obvious to passers-by. The frames have gone up on the two porches, which are being rebuilt to match how they looked originally in 1897. New double doors have also been installed at both porches. The annex has been demolished (pictured right) and the kitchen area is about to be replaced with a new kitchen. The Bizarre Trust in Coromandel Town has donated $200,000, which must be spent on the internal finishes of the building. An application to Lotteries Community Facilities for $248,987 was also successful. An official opening party for the hall will be held in late September. Internal entry porch has been removed as pictured above The old roof has been removed as pictured above The Coromandel Citizens Hall, formerly the St George's Convent School (1897), is in line for a sequence of works focused on making the building safe to use. A number of small refurbishment works have been done over the past three years, including storm water diversion, replacement of the western wall and replacement of some of the roof sheets above the toilet area. Improvement of the roof rainwater collection and painting the face of the building was also done. "The Coromandel-Colville Community Board have contributed $20,000 towards the repairs to the building which has renewed interest in the building and instilled a sense of confidence that the building is valued and will be retained by Council," says Coromandel-Colville Community Board Chair, John Walker. The top priority has been making the building safe for use followed by general tidy-up repairs, maintenance and painting of the interior, which will return the building to its former character and allow it be reopened for public use. Major refurbishments began in February. So far the roof has been replaced on the main building, the old stage and internal entry porch have been removed, along with internal wall linings to the main building and annex. The existing timber of the hall is all kauri and was generally found to be in good condition. The timber for the new floor in the building is matai. The next stage in the restoration will be removing existing window frames to the annex/building wall in preparation for re-installation at a later date. The cost of the restoration is approximately $600,000 which is being funded by our Council and external agencies. The Bizarre Trust in Coromandel Town has donated $200,000, which must be spent on the internal finishes of the building. We have also had a successful application of $248,987 from Lotteries Community Facilities. Another funding application to Trust Waikato has also been made, which we are waiting to hear back on. Coromandel Town builder Glenn Beattie has been employed to do the restoration work, with a variety of local subcontractors involved in the project, which is expected to be completed in July. Works completed to Date: Stage one of the community hall project, to make the hall water-tight, has been completed. South wall replacement - replacement of the piles and framing along the full length of the wall Removal of the windows and replacement of the gutter Drainage work - installation of a new 225mm pipeline adjacent to the rear of the building connecting to the existing storm water system at Kapanga Road through a new manhole Minor roof and guttering repairs above the toilet block addition New guttering around the entire building (where required) Replaced a portion of western wall (add-on) adjacent to storage area Clean block work wall and treat for rising damp Fit new ceiling in toilet area Repaint interior of toilet area Replace exiting floor covering with a non-slip vinyl Replace fixtures and fittings, provide a baby changing table Create wheelchair access toilet with own hand basin The Coromandel Bizarre Trust and Lotteries Community Facilities have generously contributed towards these works. Works have begun to complete the restoration of the Coromandel Citizens Hall.