Development of Youth Community Center
July 19, 2012
The First Bank maintenance crew has been carefully dismantling, storing and helping move pre-hung doors, windows with frames, electrical fixtures and conduit and a large amount of R-19 insulation. Others who stepped forward to help include Coastal Realty who arranged the use of the old Panhandle Rigging building to warehouse the materials and house the sale; clients and staff from Gateway Center for Human Services, an AKEELA program; youth from the Residential Youth Care residence program and KYI youth who have made quick work of moving and staging the materials.
The “Gently used Construction Materials Sale” is scheduled for Saturday August 11th at 9 am, at the warehouse across from the Westflight building on Tongass Avenue. Businesses including Madison Lumber, Island Tile, and Spenard Builders have also donated new items for the sale like a store front thermal door and flooring.
Ketchikan Youth Initiatives began the effort to create a Youth Community Center with the City’s donation of the 100 year old building known as the Water Warehouse at 632 Park Avenue on Ketchikan Creek. The first phase, installation of 21 new concrete footings and pilings was completed with donor funding of $57,000 and over $40,000 of inkind services including significant support from Edwardson Enterprises, Commercial Construction (David Jensen), Stephen Peters Architects, Rainforest Construction, Haight Associates Electrical Engineers and community volunteers and businesses. The State of Alaska has supported the project with two capital asset grants, for $75,000 and 60,000. Use of these grants will complete the roof, exterior wall, installation of a platform lift to provide a handicapped accessible building and interior framing.
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