TRURO - The Colchester Community Workshops (CCW) Foundation has announced plans to embark on a fundraising plan to construct a new facility to house additional programs.
Colchester Community Workshops
The plan is to raise funding to construct a new 30,000 square-foot, two-storey facility on Charles Street that will provide more programming space for CCW clients. The new building will not replace the workshops existing Rotary House on Arthur Street but is intended to help deal with a waiting list of prospective additional clients.
The second floor is to house 10, "safe, clean and affordable" apartments that will be offered to workshops clients.
"And I think one thing that we are extremely excited about with this new building is that we are going to be able to offer housing to the clients that at this point in time can live independently (but who don't have the means to do so)," foundation chairwoman Nancy Messom said during an announcement held Wednesday at the site of the proposed building on Charles Street.
Because non-profit organizations generally are not allowed to accumulate funds from year to year, the foundation has received permission from the federal government to raise up to $10 million over a 10-year period.
And while an actual price tag has not been set, Messom said, it is anticipated the building will not cost that much, nor require the full 10 years to be completed.
"We don't expect it to be that much at all," she said, adding, "we would hope that it would be all done in five years."
When the project comes to fruition, it will also see the Colchester Food Bank moving from its existing location on Lorne Street to a portion of the new CCW building.
"We are extremely excited about that," Messom said. "We just think it would be a real good marriage between us and them,"
Food bank co-ordinator Mary DeAdder also expressed enthusiasm over the partnership.
"I feel good because they're a good organization and we've all worked together," she said.
"We're so pleased, it's going to be so good for the county, DeAdder said, adding she was "jumping with joy" that the process for the project has begun.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills described the announcement as "the best news I've heard in 2014" and said completion of the new building will be "a remarkable new asset for the Town of Truro."
And despite the fact that area residents are still paying for other large capital projects such as the new hospital and the civic centre, while also planning for a new library, Mills expressed optimism that those commitments will not stand in the way of the workshops project.
"I'm quite confident that we will be able to pull this off," he said.