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CSPS in Cedar Rapids: Rebuilding for the future


Another sign of recovery in the Czech Village... In 2008 the flood in Cedar Rapids sent nearly 12 feet of water into the CSPS building, otherwise known as the Czech Social Hall.

The village arts community hasn't lost its vision for the historic building.

It's a construction zone right now, but for more than a century, the structure provided a place to gather.  Czech immigrants used the building for everything from weddings to labor meetings dating back to the 1850's.

An I-JOBS grant jump started the project in 2009 and when the $7 million makeover is complete, the building will boast a new theater, retail space, art studios and living space.

"All of the windows in this building will soon have new casings made from re purposed materials that were salvaged from the flood.  It's a 120-year-old building, and we had to take off the whole roof of it.  One of the things we were able to do is salvage all of the timber from up there.  Instead of taking it all to the landfill we're putting it back into this project." said local artist Mel Andringa.

CSPS hired Spur Millwork to salvage the roof joints.  Spur was also displaced by the 2008 flooding has re-opened a temporary mill in Marion.

"Its an honor to go in and help out the businesses that were affected similar to what we were, to be able to re create it, into something that's new it takes a true vision to be able to do that, its an art." said Jen Hughes, Spur's operation manager.

CSPS will host a meeting in their courtyard on June 19th. At that time, organizers hope to announce a date for the grand-reopening of this major piece of Cedar Rapids History.


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