Bon­av­ista’s T.K. Kel­loway Cen­tre to get ren­o­va­tions

Va­ri­ety of fund­ing to pro­vide up­grades for 50-plus build­ing

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET BON­AV­ISTA, N.L. jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

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.

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

The T.K. Kel­loway Cen­tre in Bon­av­ista.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The old rail­way sta­tion in Bon­av­ista.

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