Ren­o­va­tions com­ing for Com­mu­nity Cul­tural House

Work start­ing in Sept. on $82,000 project

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY MARK SQUIBB Mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

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.

MARK SQUIBB/THE PACKET

The Com­mu­nity Cul­tural House as it cur­rently stands.

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