Cloverdale Legion is ready to reopen following a five-month renovation job that saw the venue closed entirely for several weeks.
The interior of Branch 6 has been modernized to the tune of close to $350,000.
However, the exterior of the 60-year-old building looks pretty much the same.
On Thursday, Legion staff and hired help put finishing touches on the renovated space.
On a back wall, a large photo-mural of a field of poppies has been installed (pictured below).
A kitchen, dance floor, band stage and other features are new to the Legion hall, which reopens to members on Thursday (Aug. 18), followed on Saturday (Aug. 20) by a pancake breakfast, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and community barbecue from 1 to 4 p.m. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, The Lori Jordan band will perform.
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The original plan was to have the branch move to an entirely new building next door, in a lot to the west of the Royal Canadian Legion, on 57th Avenue near Highway 15, but the deal fell apart.
For renovations, approximately half of the budget came from a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant, and the other half from branch reserves.
Nearby, in a lot at the corner of Highway 15, crews with the Townline development company are building what’s known as The Brownley, a four-storey building with 82 homes and street-level retail space. The construction site is pictured below.