It is full steam ahead for the Cargill Community Centre renovation and expansion project.
Brockton has approved the tender of the 710 thousand dollar project and the shovel will hit the ground this September with a completion date set for March.
While Brockton will be financing the project upfront, the municipality is actually only covering 1/3 of the cost.
The remaining two thirds will be raised through fundraising efforts of the Cargill and District Community Fund and other grant dollars.
Spokesperson Dave Barrett says the fundraising goal has been set at just over 450 thousand dollars, with 175 thousand dollars raised to date
This includes the most recent donation, a ten thousand dollar contribution from the Ontario Power Workers Union. (July 24th)
Barrett is confident the Cargill and District Community Fund will have no problem raising their two thirds share in the renovation and expansion project.
After all, he notes they haven't even kicked off their public fundraising campaign and they have already managed to raise 175 thousand dollars.
The project includes demolishing the oldest section of the Community Centre and replacing it with a more energy efficient and functional structure that will meet new accessibility standards.
There will be an expansion to the meeting room and the washrooms will be renovated to become accessible.
Inglis calls the Cargill Community Centre the heart of the Cargill community.
The Centre is consistently booked solid from Spring right through Fall, it closes during the winter months due to poor insulation and high energy costs.
This will all change once the expansion and renovation project is complete, the new energy efficient expansion project will allow the Centre to remain open during the winter months as well.