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The City Council recently approved $289,900 for repairs at New Village Arts in Carlsbad Village. The city owns the theater property. Courtesy photo
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New Village Arts moves forward with renovations, fundraising

CARLSBAD — Despite being shut down for the past five months due to COVID-19 restrictions, New Village Arts is still pushing forward with fundraising and renovations.

The Carlsbad City Council approved a $289,900 project for NVA to replace a failing roof and the exterior siding along the west wall. The city owns the property and has been leasing it to NVA since 2006.

Additionally, the non-profit theater is in the midst of another capital project fundraising campaign with a goal of $1 million, according to Kristianne Kurner, NVA’s executive artistic director.

The campaign, which is currently in a private phase, has reached $325,000 thanks in large part to gifts of $250,000 and $75,000 by the Sahm Family Foundation and Nordson Foundation, respectively.

“It’s due for some new points to it to keep it safe and up to date,” she said. “This is moving along, which is good because it’s been a long time.”

The renovation projects are much needed, Kurner said, as the building located at 2787 State Street across from the Carlsbad Village train station, is one of the oldest in the Village. The wall replacement was originally budgeted for Fiscal Year 2017-18 but was finally approved to go out to bid during the council’s July 28 meeting.

The building roof consists of a flat built-up roof and a pitched asphalt shingle roof, according to the staff report. A 2012 assessment identified the need for the roof’s replacement in 2014 and the pitched asphalt shingle roof and skylights in 2020. The flat built-up roof was refurbished in 2016, while the pitched asphalt shingle roof was last refurbished around 1995.

However, recent roof leaks during rainstorms and recent annual roof inspections and condition assessments confirmed the existing a new roof was needed.

Kurner said at least 30 contractors are in play to bid the project and estimates the project will be completed later this year or in early 2021.

“The roof was in pretty bad shape and they shifted the scope of it, which includes the back wall,” she said of the city project.

As for the $1 million, Kurner said NVA will turn to its public-facing campaign in the coming months. Some of those projects include further renovations to the building and opening up the space. The board, she said, has also had to adapt to the economic fallout due to the pandemic in hopes of reaching the lofty goal.

This season was supposed to be NVA’s 20th anniversary, but Kurner said instead the theater plans to re-open in July 2021 and kick off its 20th year in 2021.

She said NVA is also in the middle of a COVID-19 relief campaign with a goal of raising $150,000 to help the organization get through until June 2021. Currently, they’ve raised $35,000, Kurner said.

“Our goal is to open the space up to the community in many, many ways,” she added. “Because of COVID, we don’t think we’ll be able to do any shows inside until at least the spring. It’s a perfect time for us to be doing things to the building.”