The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

MVY Radio officially cut the ribbon on its State Road studio and office building on Friday morning, welcoming community members to the new space with a tour, lunch and champagne toast.

The celebration came after the radio station hit its $2.5 million fundraising campaign goal last month, meaning construction of the new space is now fully paid for. The building has served as MVY’s official base of operations since its completion last summer.

The building more than doubles the square footage of the previous space on Carroll’s Way in Vineyard Haven, which the resort needed, said Karen Altieri, the resort’s director of development.

“We were in 1,300 square feet and one bathroom, with 23 employees,” she said. “We had no privacy and no room for growth.”

Enjoying the view from the new site on State Road in West Tisbury. — Ray Ewing

The change was desperately needed and came with the new building, she added.

The new building includes a meeting hall and a community hall that will allow for small public concerts and engagement with local students. Multiple recording booths now allow more than one DJ to work and record at the same time.

At Friday’s grand opening, MVY board member Kathy Teehan raised her glass to celebrate the space.

“We hope [the new building] will not only benefit the radio station, but the community,” she said.

The project’s architect, Joseph Dick, was commissioned to convert the State Road property, previously used as a physiotherapy studio, into the new headquarters of MVY Radio. Challenges included how to soundproof rooms, renovate the old building with accessibility for people with disabilities, and design spaces that could serve multiple functions such as hosting small concerts and board meetings, Ms. .Dick.

He called the construction process “challenging” as supply chain difficulties and health protocols during the pandemic have often crippled progress.

Fundraising has also slowed during Covid-19.

“It’s always a challenge to be in the middle of a campaign when a pandemic hits,” Ms Altieri joked.

With fundraising and construction complete, MVY can now focus on radio again and a strong lineup of live summer events, like weekly performances at Winnetu and a concert with the world-renowned mandolin player. Chris Thile in August.

After the ribbon cutting and champagne toast, everyone immersed themselves in lunch. And not just any lunch.

“A quality lunch for us-we-have-finished-our-capital-countryside-and-building,” Ms. Altieri said.

Rufus T. Sifford