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Veterans Association building comes together

By Matt Montgomery

The Piedmont Area Veterans Association is one step closer in having a building in Piedmont to call home.
PAVA Spokesperson John Bickerstaff said the red steel has been erected, along with the siding and roof has been put on the building.

He said the next step will be the laying of the bricks. However, he said weather could be a factor in getting things done on time.

“Then after the brick layers, we’ll take a look at the inside,” Bickerstaff said. “We’ve had an interior design committee come up with a layout on how they think it ought to look then we’ll have to get more detail as we go along.”

He said there isn’t a defined completion date yet, but the PAVA is taking everything a step at a time and the building is coming together.

“We’ve made great progress,” he said. “But, I don’t know about the front windows and door, when that is going in. Hopefully today, but I’m not real sure.”

Bickerstaff said the group hasn’t sat down yet to discuss the plans of what the group is going to do when they first open their doors, but did say after the interior is completed with display cases of memorabilia, there will be a grand opening sometime this year.

“We will have it open to the public,” he said. “We have not talked about opening hours yet and how that will be manned, but it will be open to them and we’re just not sure how often yet.”

He said PAVA brochures have been created and can be picked up at several local businesses including, Stones Hardware, F&M Bank, City Stop and Bill’s Barbershop.

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Workers add layers to the PAVA building last week on Edmond Road in Piedmont.

Those wanting to become members can choose from an annual, 10-year and lifetime membership cards.

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