Photos by Jim Brown
By Jim Brown
By this summer visitors returning to the popular Stanley Bridge Centre, home of successful farmers markets, history circles and concerts, will see some big changes.
For one thing, the port-a-potty at the back of the building will be gone and a leaky roof fixed.
As much as $35,000 will be spent making necessary improvements, which should make it easier for food vendors to set up.
“We’re going to do a renovation that will expand our entrance, give us washrooms, give us a kitchen, and completely do the roof (including the steeple),” said Don Reid, a member of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s board of directors.
The work includes a ramp to improve access for people with disabilities.
Mr Reid hopes to have the project started sometime in mid to late March and finished in time for the busy tourist season.
“Right now I have two, possibly three vendors who are interested in renting the centre from us.”
The board has even bigger plans for the future, which would require more than $400,000 to completely renovate the building, including putting in a new foundation.
On April 17 members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society spent several hours clearing out damaged and surplus items from the former Stanley Bridge United Church to prepare the building for extensive renovations, which include work necessary to host a regular farmer’s market, beginning in July. Many of the items were taken by truck to the nearby Waste Watch recycling facility for disposal.