TRURO – Plans are underway for the newly acquired Halliday building by the Colchester Community Workshops.
The board of directors of the foundation issued a press release on the plans for the building, which will see the New to You store relocate and expand into the building once renovations are complete.
“The renovation work is out for tender now, and that will close in August,” said Diane Standing, with the foundation. “We hope the renovations will start early in the fall.”
The programs that work hand-in-hand with the New to You store, including the Second Life Used Goods Program, Resources Plus, and the New to You Clothing Program, will also relocate to allow improved work space and efficiency.
The Intercolonial Café will also move to 184 Arthur St., allowing for expansion of this program.
The second floor will house a series of six safe, clean, and affordable apartments, which will be offered to clients of the workshops who live independently or wish to live independently.
Not knowing what might be found in the building when renovations start, Standing said the foundation is looking at a timeline of about three years for renovations.
“We won’t know what we might run into until we start,” she said, adding they’re aiming to have all the programs moved into the building in May 2021.
“And there shouldn’t be any disruption to the programming or services offered. We’ve got some hard working clients and they will just jump right in to get it done.”
The new property will also provide office space for complimentary non-profit organizations, as well as a board room, which will be available for rent.
The new building will not replace Rotary House at 168 Arthur St., but will allow the expansion of the Colchester Community Workshops. All spaces of Rotary House are currently being utilized for programming areas instead of their intended use, such as the reception area, and client lunch and break rooms.
Because of a waiting list for clients, Standing said the foundation created a one-year evening program, which sees 10 clients participate. That participation, she said, doesn’t interfere with their spot on the waiting list, a list that has about 15 people in total.