Grant to kick-start kitchen upgrade

Kent Street Activity Centre members with designs on beefing up the facility’s kitchen and tea room received good news Oct. 3, when the City of White Rock approved a $25,000 grant to get the ball rolling.

Kent Street Activity Centre members with designs on beefing up the facility’s kitchen and tea room received good news Oct. 3, when the City of White Rock approved a $25,000 grant to get the ball rolling.

Council gave the request for the New Horizons for Seniors Program grant unanimous support. It will fund a dishwasher, along with professional plans and drawings for improvements to the kitchen layout and an expansion of the tea room.

According to a report by the city’s acting director of leisure services, Sylvia Yee, the kitchen changes are to improve the area’s efficiency for volunteers; the tea room needs space for more patrons; and, the existing dishwasher is nearing the end of its useful life.

More than half of the grant money ($15,000) is slated for the new dishwasher/sterilizer.

The designs will provide the centre’s fundraising arm, the Kent Street Seniors’ Society, with a revised target to aim for.

Yee notes an assessment completed in 2006 estimated the work would cost $459,200, and that in 2010, council included the project in its five-year financial plan. A 2012 target date was set, with funding of $59,200 to come from the city.

 

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