Friday, December 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Ball forges on with Vacaville art center

18 jim ball 1

Jim Ball, president and CEO of the Center for Imaginative Reuse, stands in front of the old Greyhound bus station in Vacaville on Tuesday. The Center for Imaginative Reuse plans to turn the bus station into an art center for kids and adults. Ball estimates the renovation should be completed by June. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | April 18, 2013 |

VACAVILLE — Today it’s dry rot, tomorrow it’s Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades.

Despite some bumps in the road, financial and otherwise, the nonprofit Center for Imaginative Reuse, and its companion grove of Chinese pistache trees, is becoming a viable concept.

It’s become a widespread effort that has touched the people who have come in contact with Jim Ball and his idea to offer an art center that focuses on reusing recyclable items. The center will include a mobile art center, much like Fairfield’s city-run Fun on the Run, said Ball, who used to be the Vacaville parks and recreation director. It will be a location for people who want to tap into their creative side through classes, workshops or just want to purchase recyclable materials for a home art project.

It is also the stepping stone for an eventual 100-acre park to memorialize the 5,300 California soldiers who died during the Vietnam War.

The center was briefly located as a “pop-up” tenant in a city-owned space on Parker Street for a nominal fee – until a paying tenant was found, Ball said. The center’s product, including recyclable donations, are now in a storage unit, eating away funds the nonprofit earned while located on Parker Street. Storage fees will accumulate until the new building is ready.

The pending five-year lease with city on the former bus property is contingent upon fixing the building’s integrity and finding the funding for the ADA projects.

Brian McLean, the city’s facilities manager, called the pending lease between Ball and the city a positive for all parties involved – filling an empty building while adding an “innovative” venue to the city’s landscape. Elizabeth Hoffman and her organization, Rebuilding Together Solano County, have helped in past projects to ready the building, and will help in future projects; as has city Councilman Ron Rowlett, the business agent for the Carpenter’s Union Local 180. He called it a “win-win” situation.

The excitement in Ball’s voice was palpable recently as he walked about the old Greyhound bus building on Mason Street, talking about plans for its proposed future use. He pointed to this corner, that corner, and explained what will go in each area.

“I’m excited about recycling the (former) bus station into an art center that promotes recycling,” he said. “We want this to be a destination place for the community.”

Before it becomes a destination for anything other than graffiti artists tagging an empty building – and before a final lease is signed with the city – a few hurdles need to be cleared. Dry rot is the first obstacle that Hoffman and Rowlett are battling. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Rebuilding Together and its volunteers pitched in by prepping and painting the building. They painted three sides but had to stop because of the severity of the dry rot on the back side of the building.

Hoffman and her team of volunteers will return May 9-10 to demolish the back side of the building so Rowlett’s volunteer crew of local construction workers can reconstruct the wall May 11. Rebuilding Together supplies both volunteer labor and materials through in-kind donations and Rowlett’s crew is offering free labor. A short time later, a crew from Home Depot will paint the building.

The next step is raising money – about $10,000 to $12,000 – to update the handicap access with a curb ramp from the Mason Street side of the building. McLean said that when the building was built around 1993, “the ADA requirements weren’t as they are now.” Hoffman said that Rebuilding Together is “trying to help him” so he doesn’t have to come up with the entire amount. The city also helped gather information.

“We went out and talked with various contractors who have been used by the city so that we could give him a ballpark figure,” McLean said. “At that point we turned it over to Jim.”

Ball said he’s not daunted by the prospect of raising the money. He called himself an “optimist.”

Everyone involved in the project is pulling for its success. McLean said it melds well with the “green” focus Vacaville has been touting for several years.

“Vacaville has always been on the cutting edge of green,” McLean said. “This is another option for another one of those programs.”

For more information on how to help with the Center for Imaginative Reuse, call Hoffman at Rebuilding Together Solano County, 580-9360 or Ball at 301-7030.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or swinlow@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Get your blues on – for a musical cause

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Area churches bring joy, toys to children

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Rear ends, reunions define 2014 in music

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B1

 
Santa spreads Christmas cheer at Bridge to Life

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Word of Mouth ready to ring in 2015 at Dimitri’s

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Solano’s 2014 art scene: A year in review

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
 
Suisun City police log: Dec. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Dec. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Weather for Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

.

US / World

Mother uses grief to help murder victims’ families

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
San Francisco creates court only for veterans

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

California plane crash victims were father and son

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Man shot with stun gun dies at border crossing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

California officials issue caramel apple warning

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
Christmas brings California cooler weather, gusty winds

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Audit highlights state employee wrongdoing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
US traveler released from East Timor jail

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
More protests sparked after shooting near Ferguson

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 17 Comments

Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Hundreds of theaters begin screening ‘The Interview’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

Militants attack AU Somalia base, at least 5 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 2 Comments | Gallery

Police and fire officials save California family’s Christmas

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Living

Today in History: Dec. 26, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community calendar: Dec. 26, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Dec. 26, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
Sister’s angry outbursts may be a medical issue

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

Week in Preview Dec. 26, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015

By Susan Winlow | From Page: B1

 
‘Frozen’ is named top entertainer of the year by AP

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Entertainment calendar Dec. 26, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

Warsaw’s lost architecture portrayed in miniature

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Review: ‘Unbroken’ is beautiful, but impersonal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Angelina Jolie’s latest incarnation: filmmaker

By Maureen Fissolo | From Page: B6

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

James hears plenty of cheers in return to Miami

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
2014 sports quirks: In year of odd bounces, reality bites at World Cup

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Colin Kaepernick weighing his offseason approach

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Arians reportedly to go back to Lindley as starter

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Former TE Ben Utecht delivers musical message

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

K-State’s Snyder still penning old-school notes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Fresno State pushed around in in Hawaii Bowl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
This date in sports history for Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Eagles have quarterback questions going into 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
New OT rule in minor-league hockey generating buzz

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

To reduce elitism, British horse racing educating spectators

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Bad news for Balotelli as Liverpool alters system

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

LeBron James, Steph Curry lead NBA All-Star voting

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Former NBA All-Star Marbury fan favorite in China

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

Signups for Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B10

 
D-I’s youngest coach also has inexperienced team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

No. 17 Wisconsin hopes program back on steady ground

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Rookie Martin makes quick impression in Dallas

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

.

Business

 
Bad Santa? 5 tips to tackle your holiday gift returns

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

.

Obituaries

Thomas A. O’Neill

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9