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A new roof at the Grove Arcade is an atypical roofing project. After lengthy discussions and mindful planning, the long-anticipated project has commenced and will continue for an estimated 18 months. During restoration the Grove Arcade merchants will operate “business as usual.” This is the first roof restoration to take place since the Arcade opened in 1929.
Baker Roofing Company will oversee the project. Established in 1915, Baker Roofing is a full service building envelope contractor recognized as one of the leading specialty contractors in the nation. The roof restoration project consists of three phases. The work located at the perimeter of the building will be broken down into eight separate areas. Temporary scaffolding, primarily for overhead protection, will be erected in each section, one at a time.
Maranda Boiter, Baker’s Project Manager, says, “As the project progresses, the phases will have varying degrees of impact and disturbance. While the construction noise is unavoidable, what we can control are areas and hours in which we work; and we will make every effort to use these factors to mitigate the disruptions.” While the immediate area around the Grove Arcade remains open, there may be occasions where parking spaces and roads will be closed. The highest level of safety precautions will be implemented during the restoration process and for the movement of large machinery.
The Grove Arcade is on the National Historic Registry. While many historical and architectural buildings around the county fall into disrepair, the Grove Arcade partners have made a significant investment in this renovation project so it will last another 80 years. This restoration is an exciting step in preserving a true historical and architectural jewel. Ruth Summers, executive director of the Grove Arcade says, “Yes it is a big restoration project and it may look intimidating at times. However, it is being done in sections and we expect Arcade activity to remain strong. We are excited about the restoration.”
The non-profit Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation holds a 99-year lease to the property to operate the main floor. Duke Progress holds a similar lease to operate floors two through five. The Grove Arcade is owned by the City of Asheville.