Expansion at Debert Hospitality Centre should prove to be popular

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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DEBERT - A 3,000-square foot expansion at the Debert Hospitality Centre has been unveiled to a group of military cadets at the Debert gliding school and to an enthusiastic public.
The new building is to be known as Pettis Lodge and features 14 new bedrooms, including some with multiple beds. That means the lodge can accommodate up to 22 people, with 113 more sleeping spaces in the Debert Hospitality Centre's main complex, located just across the parking lot.
Part of the reason for building the new facility is that military cadets, who train at the Debert Flight Centre each summer, needed a replacement for their old living quarters inside the Diefenbunker.
But co-owner Derek Taylor says the brand-new facility will be used year-round.
"It's got in-floor heat, wireless Iinternet and plasma TVs, so we expect it to be a popular addition to our conference centre, even in the fall and winter months," says Taylor.
"We also made sure it's completely wheelchair accessible, and that's a major improvement for our broad range of clientele."
Construction began in March and the facility is now ready to house
its first cadets. Many of them
were on hand for the recent tour of the building, and liked what they had to see.
To look at Pettis Lodge, most would think it's brand new from the ground up, but that's not actually the case.
The frame was that of a former military facility, which was salvaged and improved upon.
Taylor and his business partner Leonard Dash pointed to a series of brand new interior walls infused with extra-thick insulation and energy efficient windows.
"This place is going to be a lot easier to heat and cool than it was before," says Dash. "And with the new furnishings, beds and freshly-carpeted, heated floors, we know it's going to be popular."
Taylor said close to 20 local tradespeople worked on the project.
"From plumbing, to electrical to carpenters and the engineering for this building, we kept it all local," he says.
The building is named for Shirley Pettis, who is Taylor's grandmother. She was on hand for the initial tour, and was visibly delighted to have it named in her honour.

Organizations: Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert Flight Centre, Taylor's

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