In the fall of 2008, the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency advertised for bids for Phase 1 of work to be done at the Strand. Maxwell Masonry of Harrisville, Utah, was awarded the bid. Work included removal of all debris, selective demolition , taking the rear fly wall down 26’, restoring the sidewalls to 30’ above the sidewalk, storing the excess brick and seismic upgrades. This phase of work cost $166,600. The funds for the work was paid by the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency.
|In 2010, K.R. Goble Construction repaired the lower façade and installed a temporary storefront and front lower windows. Updated movie poster cases were also installed. A CDBG grant paid for a new sidewalk in front of the building.
A CDBG application was submitted to the Wyoming Business Council in 2009. There was so much competition, Evanston was not awarded the grant but encouraged to apply again on the next go around. The CDBG application was resubmitted and recommended for funding and was approved on June 3, 2010.
Phase 2 of work was advertised in September of 2010, and the bid was awarded to JL Hardy from Salt Lake City, UT. This phase of work includes a new roof, which is the final step to complete the stabilization of the Strand, new windows, new storefront, entry way concrete and tile work.
- May 7, 2007 – Fire
- May 8, 2007 – National Trust for Historic Preservation Denver office contacts and hires structural engineer to inspect the fire damaged building and submit a report on findings and whether the building is stable and can be saved.
- May 8, 2007 – Evanston Urban Renewal Agency contacts Jerry Myers of Myers-Anderson Architects to inspect building with structural engineer.
- August 2007-August 2008 – discussions between owners and Evanston Urban Renewal Agency regarding fate of building.
- August 26, 2008 - Kim and Kendra West donate the Strand Theatre to the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency.
- 2008-2009 – Phase 1 – Clean-up, removal of all debris and stabilization – Maxwell Masonry - $166,600 – Paid by Evanston Urban Renewal Agency.
- 2010 – Repair of lower facade, temporary storefront and lower windows, new movie poster cases – K.R. Goble - $8,500 – Paid by Evanston Urban Renewal Agency.
- September 2010 – 2011 – Phase 2 – new roof and stabilization, new upper windows, new storefront, entry way and tile – JL Hardy – CDBG funding – match Evanston Urban Renewal Agency.
- 2007 to present – Myers-Anderson Architects – Renewal Agency, CDBG funding, Wyoming Main Street Technical Assistance.
Renewal Board members and staff at time of donation:
Lynne Fox, Chair; Barbara Bogart, Fred Coles, Jon Dolezal, Joy Walton, Rick Lunsford, ex-officio; Jim Davis, staff; Jane Law, staff; Jerry Myers, architect