PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Common Fence Point Improvement Association (CFPIA) recently announced the following upcoming hall changes and informational meetings.
The CFPIA recently sent out the following email verbatim to subscribers.
Dear friends and neighbors,There are many exciting changes associated with the Hall renovation project, but please don’t fear, we are not losing sight of the amazing traditions and tight community feel that we have worked so hard to foster.Our Hall will always be open to the community – for your child’s birthday party or your parent’s 50th reunion. We will maintain and hopefully grow important Community events like the Spaghetti Supper, the Halloween Parade, and the best Easter Egg hunt on Aquidneck Island. We continue to host Common Fence Music as well as all of the important health and wellness events from AA to Zumba.What is changing? We are making sure that everyone in our Community can access to the Hall. We are prioritizing safety. We are also fixing all of the infrastructure challenges that aren’t readily visible as one drives by: our septic, the HVAC, and roof. Not only will we tackle life safety and code compliance issues but we will create a modern and inviting streetscape that changes the way the community views and interacts with the space. We have been given a gift by amazing State and philanthropic organizations that recognize the very special center of community that is our Hall. We will be able to expand our geographic reach, enhance everyone’s experience, diversify programming, and deepen partnerships with other non-profits that share our mission: Arts, Wellness, and Community.Where are we in the process? We will be holding our 10th &11th Building Information Sessions this week: Tuesday night 7:15pm and Wednesday at 1pm. These info sessions are opportunities to ask questions and get involved. Please join us. If you missed a session, you can always email meand I will meet with you at your convenience to answer questions or understand your concerns. Construction documents are complete as of last week and have been distributed to interested General Contractors with a deadline at the beginning of May. We are still open to talk to qualified contactors that have experience with State grants, specifically with payment of prevailing wage. We also have a requirement, by law, for a portion of the work to go to registered Minority or Women Owned Businesses. If you are not a general contractor but would like to be considered as a subcontractor, please contact us. We are collecting contact information for anyone interested.
If I can leave you with one powerful “Call To Action” – stay connected. Sign up your friends and neighbors for this newsletter (click here), come to the Information Sessions, come to the Community Meetings (next meeting Tuesday April 24, 7:15pm), pay attention to the sign, like us on Facebook, check out our website, read the Portsmouth Times and the Newport Daily News, invite me for coffee (I’ll treat). We have more communication channels than ever before. We are doing everything in our power to make sure you are “in the know” and as much a part of this amazing point in CFP history as you care to be.
Thank you to all who are supporting and helping in these efforts, both now and in years past. It is inspiring and humbling. I am grateful to be part of it.Your friend and neighbor,