The lot was covered with trash and brush and needed to be cleared out.
It took 3 years + to get approval and permits from the city. Although located on an ETJ, the city planners required permits and fees for a number of items (civil plans, septic, road access, insecticide plans, aquafer plans, impervious cover, signs, etc) and multiple meetings. Definitely difficult for one trying to start a small business.
Months later and in trying to keep costs down, we used free dirt (e.g. Craigslist) to fill in the slab area. Over 180 tons of dirt fill were collected and placed on the property.
Slab forms put in place.
Pre-plumbed and slab poured. More free dirt brought in to start filling in the front area in preparation for the driveway and parking.
Metal support welding underway.
Metal siding placement.
Rainwater harvesting system completed.
Prepping the area for the driveway and parking lot.
electrical wiring completed, AC installed, internal framing almost done. Re-purposed wood was used whenever possible.
Mostly complete, but need to wait another 4 months for final inspections (fire system, water quality, ADA, etc) to be completed.
Gallery opened up to all artists wanting to participate and exhibit at the gallery.
Testing the Gallery's operations with a Soft Opening (Jan 21 2022) inviting the public into the Gallery for the first time.
With the number of artists exhibiting at the gallery increasing daily, it was pretty obvious expansion of the display area was already needed so moveable display walls were added.
Woo Hoo! the Grand Opening!!!
Primal Gallery now stands as one of the Greenest constructed buildings in the area. The Gallery boasts the use of re-purposed and recycled construction materials, the highest R insulation, a water harvesting system, low water appliances, low power lighting and energy efficient Appliances.
The gallery is proud to be part of the artist community and drives to support emerging artists in addition to the established artists already exhibiting at the gallery.