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Restoring a gem of a gym

Shawn Miller with QBT Industrial Fabrications out of Dublin saws wood planks that will be inserted as a cushion between the brick and steel in the Porterdale Gym. Also on the job site Tuesday were workers with Garbutt Construction and Graham Electric, both out of Dublin. A supervisor said the rehabilitation of the historic structure is about five weeks behind due to rain. (Staff Photos: Crystal Tatum)

Shawn Miller with QBT Industrial Fabrications out of Dublin saws wood planks that will be inserted as a cushion between the brick and steel in the Porterdale Gym. Also on the job site Tuesday were workers with Garbutt Construction and Graham Electric, both out of Dublin. A supervisor said the rehabilitation of the historic structure is about five weeks behind due to rain. (Staff Photos: Crystal Tatum)

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The gym, completed in 1938, will initially be used as an open-air event space. The building burned in 2005 and city officials and residents have sought to restore it ever since. It is hoped the building will eventually be roofed but initial estimates came back as high as $2 million, so officials opted for an open-air design. The gym was the centerpiece of the town in its heyday, a hub of recreational and social activities.

Construction continus on the first phase of renovations to the Porterdale Gym.