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Roof collapse has major financial impact for community workshops


TRURO – A roof collapse in Truro has resulted in lost revenue and a plea for public help from the Colchester Community Workshops.

Workshops representatives spoke with the Truro Daily News on Tuesday regarding the partial roof collapse, due to snow, on the weekend of its storage building off Young Street.

“It’s our cornerstone … it creates huge revenues to our new-to-you store. Now we have nothing to put out and there’s no work (in storage),” Susan McCallum, workshops’ operations manager, told the Truro Daily News.

“All our summer stock was in there … about 500 boxes of clothes, all donations,” she said, adding the value was estimated to be $25,000.

A desperate plea is going out to the community to donate summer clothes and items to replace lost inventory.

“We are appealing to the public. We will take anything but summer stuff would be best because we don’t have extra storage” space and the summer items could be sold soon, which is a major revenue for the workshops.

The storage building is located just behind the Young Street Variety, which is also operated by workshop staff and clients. The store is closed for an undisclosed amount of time. Power was shut off for fire hazard reasons.

Also, one tenant, a workshop client, has been relocated to a local hotel from their apartment above the store.

In addition, workshop clients aren’t able to work in contracts plus and production assembly, which are in another adjoining building near the roof collapse.

“It’s shut down,” for safety reasons, said McCallum.

That means contract projects with local businesses including Vanes Hanes, Maritime Auto, Kohler, Polymer and others cannot be immediately fulfilled. The 16 workshop clients who work in production have been relocated to the main workshops building on Arthur Street. But their work can’t proceed because the special equipment and orders are in the closed building.

McCallum said it’s too early to assess the overall financial damage. Also to be considered, she said, is how disheartening the situation is for clients.

“It heightens anxiety when there’s a change.”

Don Hoadley, executive director of the workshops, said the roof collapse is shocking.

“I never dreamed this would happen,” Hoadley said of the pitch roof on the building, which he estimates was built in the 1940s.

The workshops have owned the property for about five years. Hoadley and McCallum said it’s “too early” to know what will happen next.

“We may have to look at space elsewhere,” said McCallum.

In the meantime, snow clearing and structural engineering are being addressed and more information will be forthcoming when available.

To donate summer items for the new-to-you workshops store, drop into the Arthur Street workshops building or call 902-893-7228.

 

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Workshops representatives spoke with the Truro Daily News on Tuesday regarding the partial roof collapse, due to snow, on the weekend of its storage building off Young Street.

“It’s our cornerstone … it creates huge revenues to our new-to-you store. Now we have nothing to put out and there’s no work (in storage),” Susan McCallum, workshops’ operations manager, told the Truro Daily News.

“All our summer stock was in there … about 500 boxes of clothes, all donations,” she said, adding the value was estimated to be $25,000.

A desperate plea is going out to the community to donate summer clothes and items to replace lost inventory.

“We are appealing to the public. We will take anything but summer stuff would be best because we don’t have extra storage” space and the summer items could be sold soon, which is a major revenue for the workshops.

The storage building is located just behind the Young Street Variety, which is also operated by workshop staff and clients. The store is closed for an undisclosed amount of time. Power was shut off for fire hazard reasons.

Also, one tenant, a workshop client, has been relocated to a local hotel from their apartment above the store.

In addition, workshop clients aren’t able to work in contracts plus and production assembly, which are in another adjoining building near the roof collapse.

“It’s shut down,” for safety reasons, said McCallum.

That means contract projects with local businesses including Vanes Hanes, Maritime Auto, Kohler, Polymer and others cannot be immediately fulfilled. The 16 workshop clients who work in production have been relocated to the main workshops building on Arthur Street. But their work can’t proceed because the special equipment and orders are in the closed building.

McCallum said it’s too early to assess the overall financial damage. Also to be considered, she said, is how disheartening the situation is for clients.

“It heightens anxiety when there’s a change.”

Don Hoadley, executive director of the workshops, said the roof collapse is shocking.

“I never dreamed this would happen,” Hoadley said of the pitch roof on the building, which he estimates was built in the 1940s.

The workshops have owned the property for about five years. Hoadley and McCallum said it’s “too early” to know what will happen next.

“We may have to look at space elsewhere,” said McCallum.

In the meantime, snow clearing and structural engineering are being addressed and more information will be forthcoming when available.

To donate summer items for the new-to-you workshops store, drop into the Arthur Street workshops building or call 902-893-7228.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

 

 

 

 

 

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