So the next step is to find a contractor who could handle the work and be on our team. We need to build a fire-wall separating the residential area from the commercial space (cat club). A fire-wall is a double thickness of material going all the way up through the attic so that if there should be a fire in either space, it would be stopped from moving from one area to the other.
We also need to close off some rooms, and open up others, and of course build the kitten room. We need to make the bathroom ADA compliant, install central air and heat, install a facility-wide security system that will also handle video both in and out of the club, meaning that we will broadcast live feed of the club (including the kitten room) to anyone who’s interested, on the internet. We will have monitors in each room, and show selected cat videos throughout the club and out into the ether (possibly from U-Tube and other sources), as well as our daily cat-yoga sessions.
Oh…didn’t I mention the cat-yoga? Before we open each day (which will be 12 PM Friday, 10AM Saturday & Sunday), we will have a 40 minute yoga class with people scattered throughout the facility. Cats love yoga! They like calm energy and will wander among the practitioners as they do their poses. I have a teacher who I met at Delgado this last semester who is excited about the idea. She will teach some classes, and we will tape and rebroadcast classes on the days that she is not available. It will be free for people joining at the basic level of membership.
I think that I have found a contractor who is enthusiastic about the job, has the skills and is within my budget. He is going to help me get the final permit for our project from the city. They seem to be asking for a lot of extraneous drawings and paperwork, but again, we’ll get through it. In changing the use of the property from residential to residential/commercial mixed-use, I guess that they feel an obligation to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s. It’ll be all right.
I also have been working with a web-mistress to develop a web-site for the cat club. It should be finished sometime this month. Once it is finished we will launch a crowd-funding campaign. I want folks to be able to see what we’re up to before they pledge their hard-earned donations to us.