The Lincoln Street Center, originally built in the Civil War era and recently purchased for renascence, is set for renovation in April.

Owner Mario Abaldo and financial partners, acting as Orchid LLC, will go before the Rockland Planning Board Tuesday, April 2 to receive approval for renovation.

Abaldo said current work on the building consists of fixing the roof and other repairs to prevent further deterioration of the three-story building.

In January, Abaldo said he planned to lease out the 1868 historic building and bring it back to its original plan as an arts center. He and his brother Vincent Abaldo own and operate Abaldo Design and Plan and will be doing the renovation work on the building.

The estimated cost of renovation, including refinishing the theater, adding a new sound system, fixing rooms for studio space, adding elevators and a new gym floor, totals $500,000, according to the site plan review application.

The estimated time frame for completion is six months.

Until the building closed at the end of June 2012, it housed a private high school known as the Watershed School, and the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education.

"It's a tough building," Abaldo said of its durability in January. "We've already talked with a number of people who think about coming back — glass blowing, pottery, art, music, science and film — and using the 300-plus seat lecture hall."

Much of Abaldo's experience has been in architectural development in the entertainment business in California.

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