On behalf of the whole team here at Salem Social Village, we would like to wish you a very happy New Year!
For many of us, 2022 has certainly been an interesting and eventful year, and as it comes to an end, there is, as always, much to reflect on. As we enter 2023, we are focussing on a significant project that will enhance our ability to influence the community around us.
You may be aware that the Salem Social Village site is a former kindergarten dating from Soviet times. The majority of buildings on the site were renovated many years ago, but one still remains an empty two storey shell. It has stood derelict for over 30 years now, but its roof and walls are sound. A few years ago we did some work to stabilise it and confirm that it remains a solid structure that can be refurbished.
Following the end of the pandemic here, we experienced a sufficient financial recovery that released once more the funds previously allocated for the purpose of continuing that long-awaited restoration. Last month, work began on removing the old loose ceiling material and upstairs flooring, and clearing loose plaster from the walls.
Once all that was removed, the ground floor which had historically decayed to nothing was addressed, with a large concrete pour. The builders' bespoke solution to get the concrete from the trucks to the rooms on the far side of the building was, as ever, straightforward and very practical. However, they still had a lot of work remaining to give the whole building a nice new floor.
As part of all this process, while shifting large quantities of debris, we also knocked through a couple of walls to create a passageway leading from the new entrance, which will connect to the Salem Cafe, right through to the far end of the building.
Next year, we will start on the many remaining aspects (electrics, heating, plumbing, stairs, internal walls and doors, toilets, etc etc etc!), towards our vision of creating a new creative co-working space for the community. Watch this space for more information, and ways that you can help us achieve this long-term goal!
Meanwhile, we want to wish you and your family health, peace and joy during the forthcoming year. May it also be full of opportunities to help others in some way, those little things that together help make the world a better place.
Clearing out the debris
The large concrete pour in progress
The finished new floor
Getting the concrete through the building
Knocking through a wall to create a passageway