According to the Times-News, officials involved in the Hale Springs Inn renovation received a bit of good news Thursday, as an insurance settlement for the section of building that fell last month was confirmed at slightly more than $581,000.
With the news of the settlement Thursday, Rogersville Heritage Association Director Patricia Humbert said the kitchen problem can be easily solved.
“Obviously a lot was riding on this settlement because up to now we had no kitchen,” Humbert said. “Now he have the money needed to construct a new kitchen annex, using the brick we saved from the other building, and hopefully come up with an aesthetically pleasing solution to this problem.”
Architect Michael Emrick had already provided the RHA conceptual plans for a new addition for the kitchen, and the RHA board of directors plans to meet Monday evening to finalize the plans and acquire cost estimates.
Humbert said the timeline is for Emrick to complete his drawings for the new building, as well as obtain plans from subcontractors, within three to four weeks.
Emrick will then submit the new plans for approval by the state fire marshal and the Tennessee Historical Commission, which is expected to take another two weeks — hopefully putting the project back on track within six weeks.
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