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Grand demolition done construction awaits funds

October 26, 2012
By LINDA HARRIS - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - With his 87-year-old labor of love empty of debris, Grand Theater Renovation Project President Scott Dressel said it's time now to focus on big ticket needs.

"We're really done hauling stuff out," Dressel said Thursday. "Now we're to the point where we can start construction when we're ready and have the funds."

Dressel said the Grand's roof already has been replaced, as has the roof of an adjacent building donated to the group, "and about 150 volunteers hauled about 150,000 pounds of debris out." The old theater seats, well beyond salvaging, have been stripped away.

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Linda Harris
DONATION — A $6,500 donation from the Steubenville Electrical Labor-Management Cooperation Committee and TS Electric will be used to pay for electrical work in the lobby, office and museum room in historic Grand Theater on Fourth Street, Steubenville. Taking part in the check presentation were, from left, IBEW Local 246 Business Manager Kyle Brown; Scott Dressel, president of the Grand Theater Renovation Project board of directors; and Ed Wickham, president of TS Electric in Steubenville. Dressel’s hoping to have the electrical work done by spring.

"We've done a remarkable amount of work for nothing," he said, though adding that what's left to do is going to be very cash-intensive.

"We're to the point now where we need to generate substantial donations. We need bigger things - the ceiling, the walls and all the systems, including electrical, heating, air conditioning and plumbing - needs work."

Dressel envisions the Grand ultimately being a focal point of the downtown area when it's done, and said the community has been extremely supportive, volunteering time and money to the massive restoration project.

Dressel on Thursday accepted a $6,500 donation from the Steubenville Electrical Labor Management Cooperation Committee and TS Electric. The money will be used to pay for electrical work in the lobby, office and museum room, he said.

Dressel said the Grand Theater Restoration Committee will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the day of Steubenville's Christmas parade so townspeople will be able to see first-hand the changes that already have taken place at the aged theater.

The Grand, which operated until 1979, had been used for storage until recently.

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