Construction of a new community center in Ile Des Chenes can begin now that the sod has officially been turned.
By Marianne Curtis
Construction of a new community center in Ile Des Chenes kicked off on July 2 with an official sod turning.
Vic Toews, MP for Provencher along with Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk, councilor Maurice Leclaire, Clint Masse from the Community Development Corporation and Paul Grenier from CDEM were all on hand for the sod turning.
The Community Centre is expected to bring much needed services to the community and will also create employment opportunities. The new center will include a hall with a capacity for banquets of 500 people. The hall will be rented for weddings, socials, trade shows and other events.
The Centre will also include a bilingual public daycare for 94 children and have office rental space, with a focus on bringing medical services to the community and surrounding area such as a medical doctor, pharmacy, dentist, and physiotherapist.
This project has been made possible with the support of federal funding through the Community Adjustment Fund and the Rural Municipality of Ritchot. The funding received from the Federal Community Adjustment Fund of $2.77 million will be used to assist in the construction which is estimated to cost about $ 4.27 million.
“When we put money into this type of project it will be here for decades to come,” stated Toews. “The American government is giving stimulus funds to communities but it is going towards operating funds – projects like this will benefit the community this year and future decades.”
Masse says that his organization is pleased that the CDC’s vision is coming to a reality.
“We’ve been putting the community’s vision together for the past two years,” stated Masse. “Now we are putting together a building that will be made of bricks and mortar but it will be up to the community to make this a living building.”
The Centre will be a LEED Silver building, including many energy efficient components such as geo-thermal. This district heating system is one of the first in Manitoba and will include the IDC Arena and the RM of Ritchot Fire Hall.