Violet and Les Anderson from the Rossland Seniors’ Association posed outside the Rossland Seniors’ Center in February. The stucco facade will soon be removed to reveal the original brickwork, thanks to a Built Heritage Grant from the Columbia Basin Trust.                                (Chelsea Novak/file photo)

Violet and Les Anderson from the Rossland Seniors’ Association posed outside the Rossland Seniors’ Center in February. The stucco facade will soon be removed to reveal the original brickwork, thanks to a Built Heritage Grant from the Columbia Basin Trust. (Chelsea Novak/file photo)

Rossland Seniors’ Centre receives funding for a facelift

The City of Rossland has received an $84,000 Built Heritage Grant from the Columbia Basin Trust.

The City of Rossland has received an $84,000 Built Heritage Grant from the Columbia Basin Trust to restore the front facade of the Rossland Seniors’ Centre.

The total project cost is estimated at $105,000, with the City of Rossland contributing $18,900 and the Rossland Seniors’ Association contributing $2,100. The project is the end of a long road for the Rossland Seniors’ Association, according to president Les Anderson.

“It’s the last agenda on what was originally a 10-year program,” he explained.

The association also wants to fix the entrance to improve access for seniors.

The facade restoration was one of 16 projects that received a total of over $1.4 million from the Built Heritage Grants program.

The funding is meant to help communities restore, preserve or rehabilitate heritage structures.

“Heritage buildings are markers of our history, add character to our communities and remain valuable for many types of activities,” said Wayne Lundeberg, Columbia Basin Trust director of delivery of benefits. “Improving them for both today and tomorrow — whether they’re important architecturally, culturally, visually, for tourism or otherwise — is one of our priorities.”

The Colombo Lodge in Trail also received funding — $46,305 — to replace its roof, and a number of Nelson organizations received funding, including the City of Nelson, which received $100,000 to repair and restore the exterior of the Nelson Coke and Gas Works.

There will be two more intakes of the Built Heritage Grants in 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit ourtrust.org/builtheritagegrants.