Bonavista’s T.K. Kelloway Centre to get renovations
Variety of funding to provide upgrades for 50-plus building
The T.K. Kelloway Centre, former railway station and now home to Bonavista’s 50-plus club, is looking to get some essential work done thanks to funding from various groups.
Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald, and member of the committee to restore the building, told The Packet they have secured funds for some different work upgrades.
The long-term plan is to restore the entire original second storey of the building, which was removed after it ceased to be used as a railway station. The second floor was originally living quarters.
“We want to get it back to the original, historic look,” said Fitzgerald.
But before the second floor can be established again, there are plenty of renovations that need to be done on the main part of the existing building.
There needs to be new drywall added, plastered and painted and new flooring, as well.
There are even plans for a community garden outside on the grounds.
“We’re going to have some people 50-and-over show our
QQQyouth how to plant organic vegetables (and) how to harvest those vegetables in the fall so our youth can learn the ways of the land.”
Fitzgerald says funding has been secured from several sources:
$13,000 from the Community Engagement Employment Program (CEEP) of the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs;
$22,500 from the New Horizons for Seniors program of the federal government; And the Town of Bonavista is helping to provide manpower through topping up positions in the job creation partnership program.
Fitzgerald says the T.K. Kelloway centre has lots of history and is an asset to the town.
“It was our train station at one time,” she said. “We have a train there right now that was left there. And we want to utilize the building and have it like it was in the past and bring people to the site, as well.”
Fitzgerald thanked the committee for their hard work, and the Town of Bonavista, local MP
Judy Foote, and MHA Neil King for helping to make the work happen.
Fitzgerald says she hopes to see a good partnership between the 50-plus club and the local youth group, BayNET in the future.
There are plenty of plans in place for the area, which is right in the middle of a section of Bonavista that has already been tapped for extensive renovations as part of the Townscape Foundation Harbour Development project.
“That’s only the start,” says Fitzgerald.
The T.K. Kelloway Centre in Bonavista.
The old railway station in Bonavista.