Revelstoke Boxing club asks to use Century Vallen building

Revelstoke council has asked staff to look at the feasibility of the Revelstoke Boxing Club moving into the old Century Vallen building.

The Revelstoke Boxing Club is searching for a new home after the news came down that the Mount Begbie Elementary gymnasium will be demolished.

City council has asked staff to look at the feasibility of the Revelstoke Boxing Club moving into the old Century Vallen building.

A.J. LeRose, a coach with the boxing club, wrote a letter to the council asking if they could move into the building at 204 Fourth Street West.

The building is currently used by the department of public works for storage.

The boxing club is looking for a new home after the Revelstoke School District decided to demolish the Mount Begbie Elementary gymnasium the club is currently housed in. Demolition is expected to take place this fall.

“Adequate and affordable locations are exceptionally hard to come by in the city of Revelstoke,” wrote LeRose. “This location has the potential to meet all the needs of the Revelstoke Boxing Club.”

They aren’t the first group to ask about the Century Vallen building. Last year, Community Connections inquired about using the building as a food resource centre and home of the food bank. The Revelstoke Theatre Company also asked about using the building as a place to build sets and rehearse.

Last March, Darren Komoski, the manager of public works, produced a report saying it would cost about $90,000 to upgrade the building to make it suitable for tenants, and $160,000 for the city to build a suitable replacement storage facility.

At the time, council passed a motion asking the planning department to talk to Community Connections about using the building. Dean Strachan, the city’s manager of development services, said discussions were dropped after the organization realized the building wouldn’t meet their needs and would be too expensive to renovate.

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