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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The Honey Run Covered Bridge is making strides towards recovery.
The park where the Honey Run Covered Bridge resided is making progress to rise again – with the first phase of construction underway.
It’s a collaborative effort these panels were brought in by the reconstruction recovery advisors as the structural frame for the cottage.
"This is the first step towards us reopening the park is have the caretakers here have someplace for the caretaker to live," Catalano said.
President of the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association Robert Catalano says this project was a long time coming.
"And I'm just happy the fruits of our labor in the last year are actually showing up into something that people can see," he said.
The cottage will be constructed from a pre-fabricated housing kit with about 40 panels.
"They come completely equipped ready to stand up and in three to four days this house is going to be completely in place," said Kelly Konzelman, CEO Managing Director of RRA.
Konzelman says the panelized construction process is very green, efficient and economical.
"It’s safer its faster it can be 24/7 construction," he said.
The construction started with students in the Chico State University Construction Management Program who are hands-on laying the foundation and floor framing for the cottage.
"We have a wide range of skill sets we have some that have never built anything in their life and then we have others using their family business and they love it so they aren’t getting paid they’re volunteering and doing it out of the goodness of their heart," said Patrick Brittle/, member for CSU Chico Construction Management Program.
The cottage is going to be a one-story two-bedroom home with a living room bathroom kitchen and even a deck overlooking butte creek.
The project is funded mostly by an $80,000 grant from the Small Business Administration, but the labor is all locally based.
"We’ve had company’s that have really jumped at the chance to come out and help for free so it been awesome," Brittle said.
"This is a community project that shows we are resilient and we will rebuild and we are resilient and we won't forget who we were because the bridge will be part of our history and people will have something to come home to when they do come home," Catalano said.
Organizers say they hope to fully complete the cottage by the end of April.
Catalano told Action News Now the association hopes to have the floor across the new Honey Run Covered Bridge laid down by October of this year.