Seniors club seeks Town's help to find long term
The president of the 54-Plus Club is scheduled to ask councillors
tonight for assistance in sourcing 4,000 sq. ft of space to accommodate
the organization's "permanent home" in Alliston.
In her letter previewing tonight's deputation, Beverly Dilliott writes
that the 145 members of the 54-Plus Club have been without long term
accommodations since deciding to vacate the Gibson Centre about three
years ago, following "many incidents ... which made it uncomfortable
for the Club to enjoy their space." The club had been paying the GCC
$25,000 annually for second floor space.
The 54-Plus Club, founded 45 years ago as the Golden Age Club, in 2011
requested about 5,000 sq. ft of space at the NTRC site for their new
seniors centre. The Town responded with a proposal that upped it to
7,000 sq. ft, as part of a larger expansion that also included a 12,000
sq. ft centre for the Nikolettes gymnastics club. However, the $1.2
million price tag proved to rich for the 54-Plus Club, which has
approximately $230,000 to commit, and opted for about 2,000 sq. ft at
Kingsmere at a rate of $800 per month in rent.
"We were promised plenty of parking, and a larger room in the future to
be built on to another building they were planning," writes Ms.
Dilliott. "To our members this seemed like an answer to everyone's
prayers. Before we could discuss this with the Town and all those
involved with the planning of our new building, word got out to the
Town we were anticipating the offer. We are very sorry that all the
work and time Ray Osmond and members of the Town had put into helping
the 54 Plus Club came to such an abrupt end."
She writes that a permanent space would allow them to add more programs
and shuffle board.
"Most of all we would like to become an umbrella club to all the senior
and related clubs which have no home of their own. With full autonomy
we could rent out our space for community activities, meetings and
receptions to help with our expenses."