Renovations coming for Community Cultural House
Work starting in Sept. on $82,000 project
The old United Church in Milton is about to get a major makeover.
The Town of George’s BrookMilton has secured $82,387 in funding from the federal Job Creation Program (JCP) to renovate the building, which is now the Community Cultural House.
One of the biggest changes will be removal of the steeple.
“We’ve looked at the steeple; it’s not in great shape… (it) has got to come down,” mayor Craig Pardy told The Packet.
Pardy says the current plan is to use parts of the steeple — noting the metal cross is still in good shape — for use in another part of the property, such as a set piece in a proposed serenity garden that will be created sit adjacent to the building.
“We thought it would be touching to acknowledge the history of the building, and for all those people who worked many, many years for the church to occur and operate,” Pardy explains.
“In all the conversations I’ve had, exclusively people want the steeple to be removed, because it’s no longer a church,” says Pardy, adding there would be some form of public engagement in regard to the exact future of the steeple.
The renovation project will involve re-shingling of the roof and replacement of 12 single paned glass windows with more energy-efficient, vinyl, argon-gas windows. It will also see installation of walls, doors, baseboard heaters and electrical outlets in the downstairs space designated for town use and replacement of the exterior siding. The metal stairs leading to the second story main entrance will be replaced with a 32 ft. x 16 ft. pressuretreated patio deck, complete with clear glass railing.
“This patio will accent the new community building and make available outside dining during the tourism season; the hope is for the Cultural House to serve food and provide entertainment to residents and tourists alike,” read the JCP application, which was filed July 18.
Pardy notes the oval-shaped stained-glass window above the stage and the dedicatory plaque on the outside of the building should not be affected by the renovations.
He says the hope is that residents will be able to look upon the centre with pride, and the new renovations will help attract both patrons and performers.
The town is currently seeking five workers: a foreman, a carpenter, and three labourers.
Pardy hopes the work can begin by Sept 17 and clew up by the end of February or beginning of March.
“We’re looking to start as soon as we possibly can,” says Pardy, noting residents may begin seeing changes as soon as October.
The Community Cultural House as it currently stands.