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.