We recently started watching the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. A line from the show’s theme song has stuck with me as we have struggled the past few months to make progress towards opening day. Each night Regina Spektor would sing to me “Taking steps is easy, Standing still is hard”. Although I cannot (and will not) compare permit purgatory to prison, this process has given me appreciation for the truth of Mrs.Spektor’s words.
We got the call this morning that our construction permit has been approved! It’s finally time to take steps and we couldn’t be more excited! Our first steps will be installing the new bathrooms and installing new lights in the check-in/retail area as well as the office.
Hopefully the rest of Regina’s statement will prove equally true and we will sail through construction – straight to opening day. I have no doubt that waiting to breathe life into this dream will make the reality that much sweeter. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates as things are about to start happening!
The process of getting to opening day has been longer and more complicated than we had initially anticipated. Yes, it is our first time around this block. One of our goals as box owners is to be as inclusive and transparent as possible. We figured there was no better time to start than at the very beginning. At the moment we are waiting for approval from the Municipality of Anchorage for our construction permits.
The permits will allow us to start construction on:
Framing out two new bathrooms
A shower for our pre-work crowd
Update some of the lighting fixtures in the office and check-in areas
Taking down a few walls to open up the space as much as possible