The Salvation Army Central York Region, providing thousands of vulnerable residents with food, clothing, shelter, advocacy and social services each year, will soon have a new $8.5-million home in Aurora.
Major Brian Bishop updated the York Region community and health services committee on phase one of the 25,000-square-foot administrative and community centre, set on 5.72 acres on Leslie Street, north of Wellington Street.
With construction anticipated to begin later this summer on the land purchased in 2006, the initial phase is scheduled to open in a year.
The second, 7,000-sq.-ft. phase will feature a multi-purpose 600-person capacity auditorium.
When completed, the facility will house about eight full time staff and hundreds of volunteers, Mr. Bishop said.
The needs of the community are growing and the need for a larger facility to continue serving residents has grown right along with it, he said.
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