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Members of Art’s Cafe Community Owners who recently gathered for
a dinner at the Olmsted Camp in Sardinia on Sept. 14.

If you’ve been trying to see what is happening at Art’s Cafe, then this Saturday, Sept. 28 is for you.

Art’s Cafe is hosting an open house with coffee and light refreshments from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to give residents a chance to see how construction has progressed on the building.

The renovation of this Main Street building was started several years ago by Springville Center for the Arts. The project features a green roof, second-story apartments and art workshop space all centered around a main floor cafe and bakery. The once collapsed building is nearing completion and visitors on Sept. 28 will get a feel for how the Cafe will be laid out.

Construction has been steady at the building and Art’s Cafe is on track to complete initial interior construction by year’s end. Construction is being funded primarily by a loan from a statewide preservation group that is keen to see the Cafe project succeed and be a model for other small-town projects.

“We’re really excited about where we are at right now,” said Seth Wochensky, the project manager and Executive Director of Springville Center for the Arts. “Construction is on track and the building is really taking shape. Even more important, we just hit a major milestone in terms of tax credit investment. We’ve raised over half of our goal of tax credit investments.”

The tax credit program allows people to contribute money to the project and receive a tax credit in return that is worth more than their initial investment. This is financing most of the remaining construction.

“It’s a way to keep your tax dollars local and you get a discount on your overall bill on top of it,” Wochensky explained.

“Art’s Cafe gives me a way to choose where some of my tax dollars go,” said local physician  Debra Ehrig. “I have to write a check one way or another. Why not take advantage of these tax credits and keep my money in the community I care about?”

Christie and Dan Greene, longtime supporters of the Center and the cafe project recently became tax credit investors.

“We didn’t think this program was something that made sense for us but then we sat down and learned the details,” the Greenes said. “We are excited to help support the Cafe project, a more vibrant downtown Springville, and equally glad to be paying less in taxes.”

Art’s Cafe will be located at 5 East Main St., Springville. Anyone is welcome to attend. Anyone interested in learning more can contact the cafe team through the arts center at 592-9038.