Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Officials with the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre are urging the proposed youth centre project to move forward, despite it falling apart late last month.
The organization is requesting the city and province continue with the plans to purchase and renovate the former Port Arthur Prosvita building.
While they are exploring contingency plans, Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre executive director Bernice Dubec says the High Street location is their preferred option.
“We’ll be looking at alternative options in establishing a youth centre in Thunder Bay. Our preference as an organization is to purchase the Prosvita hall and establish a one-stop hub for all youth who are living in our community,” she said late last week.
It is believed that it would cost close to $1 million to purchase the building, with it also requiring an expected $2.3 million in renovations.
Dubec believes it is a project that many in the city support, citing last year’s citizens’ satisfaction survey conducted by the city, where 77 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of a new youth centre.
She added the organization is continuing to work with the federal government on another phase of the project, which would include the Friendship Centre moving to the Prosvita.
A report with options for the youth centre is to go to council later this month.
(Thunder Bay Television)