The former Alwood building on the Hardscratch road is getting a painting facelift through an All Hands on Deck initiative on Saturday, June 21. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
The former Alwood building on the Hardscratch Road – considered an eyesore by many – will be getting an All Hands on Deck paint spruce-up on Saturday, June 21.
Volunteers – and more are welcomed – will be turning out to paint the front wall of the building.
“We would rather have to turn people away, as opposed to not having enough help,” says Cheryl Burchell, part of an All Hands on Deck initiative that is tackling the project.
The intention had been to do the project earlier, but a cold spring and rainy weekends postponed the painting.
On Saturday people will start turning out to the building at 8 a.m. and expect to be there most of the day. Burchell says if people can’t help out in the morning, they’re more than welcome to come out in the afternoon.
“This is a big surface to cover. We’d like to get it done in one day, but may have to return Sunday to finish up," Burchell says.
A lot of work to ready the building for a fresh coat of paint has taken place in advance of the June 21 paint job. Burchell contacted the building’s owner, Roger Smith, to talk to him about the idea of giving the building a facelift.
“Roger graciously offered to buy the paint needed to do this – not a small chunk of change,” says Burchell. “Next I contacted local contractor Ron Everest, who measured to see how much paint we would need and what type. He also offered to bring it in for us and sell it to Roger Smith at the wholesale price; his way of contributing to the project.”
Burchell next contacted Garth Barry.
“I gave him a call to see what we could possibly work out cost wise to have (the front) wall power washed. I admitted to him we didn’t have two cents to rub together and he laughed,” she says. “Without any prompting from me he offered to power wash the entire surface as his way of contributing to the project. This took at least six hours to complete and hundreds of gallons of water.”
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The next call, she says, was to the Cat Rental Store. The business agreed to loan as many ladders as they could spare to help out.
“I have been amazed at how local businesses have stepped up to see this endeavour completed,” says Burchell.
Burchell says anyone willing to lend a hand on June 21 needs to bring a paintbrush, a paint roller and a paint tray. Although they have ladders lined up, if people can bring extra ones that will be welcomed, she says.
Burchell says another volunteer with the project, Roanne Collier, has also been busy in the week leading up to this project lining up a portable potty, and seeking coffee and water donations.
The former wood processing facility has been empty for a long time and is for sale. The building and 16-plus acre lot that comes with it is listed on the Yarmouth Real Estate Store website for $650,000.
Aside from the local drive-by traffic that sees it, visitors to the area coming on and off of Highway 103 also drive past it. Burchell is hoping the fresh coat of paint will provide for a better impression.