Tuesday, January 7, 2014
By Hayley Cooper
Feds contributing millions to East Vancouver seniors' centre
They're providing $2.5 million
VANCOUVER A seniors' centre in the Killarney neighbourhood of East Vancouver is closer to becoming a reality.
All three levels of government are now contributing towards the project.
The federal goverment has announced it'll match the City of Vancouver's $2.5 million. That's in addition to just over $1 million from the province.
Melissa De Genova with the park board says the centre will serve 27,000 seniors. "I am hoping we will see shovels in the ground this year. Vision Vancouver promised this seniors' centre would be built over six years ago and unfortunately many of the seniors' who have tirelessly crusaded for the centre weren't able to live long enough to see the centre built."
De Genova says there is still a funding shortfall. "I'm guessing there will be a shortfall of at least a couple million dollars. I am hoping the City and the park board will be able to find those funds."
She says council has discussed making the centre 7,500 square feet, but she says the building really needs to be 10,000 square feet.
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