Wellness Centre gets big financial boost
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay got a big boost towards the Wellness Centre project last week.
Nalcor Energy donated $1 million to the project, a big shift from the Crown Corporation’s previous position.
“It was a big shift for Nalcor. We’ve been having those conversations since 2013 and it seems since January of this year there seems to be more openness and new conversations started to happen,” said Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook. “We were certainly excited that it finally came to fruition.”
Snook said it sets the bar and shows other companies operating in town that the province is committed, Nalcor has put in money, and makes them optimistic now this will get the ball rolling and get other donations.
In addition to the million from Nalcor the town also received donations of $75,000 from the Newfoundland and Labrador Trade Council and a land transfer to the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies.
“We traded undeveloped land for developed land in the Town Centre with the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies,” he said. “It’s our estimation that donation was valued at between $300,000 to 350,000. That speeds up the project because now the land is ready to be built on.”
The Wellness Centre project has been underway for a number of years and has a price tag of $20 million in phase 1. The centre construction is estimated to provide 100 jobs in the community and 25 to 40 jobs beyond that. Phase 1 of the project includes the development of a 25-meter pool, a gymnasium, a walking/running track, a fitness room with cardio and weight equipment, multipurpose rooms and a 60-space daycare.
Snook said right now they have a business plan and application into the federal government.
“Now we’re waiting on that for the federal funding. We’re working with MP Jones and there’s a few questions back and forth between that department and the town, seeking clarification. In the meantime, we’ll continue to seek out corporate partnerships.”
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay received a big boost from some corporate partners.