Land swap could ensure future of Kensington Legion
CALGARY- With an aging building and dwindling membership, the Kensington Legion is looking at a land swap that could ensure its future for decades to come.
The 50-year-old building on Kensington Road in West Hillhurst needs major repairs, but the organization can’t afford them.
It is now looking at a deal with a developer that would see a new facility built on an adjacent lot, in exchange for the existing building and land.
Some members say they would be sad to see the old building go, but legion officials say there are no other options.
“We don’t have the money, the capital money to be able to put into this aging building,” says Mark Barnham. “Plus, it’s common knowledge across the country that membership is declining in the legions and as a consequence the size of the building is far surplus to our needs.”
The councillor for the area, Druh Farrell, says she supports the plan as long as the community is consulted.
“This is a really interesting way for them to stay viable, still provide service to community and provide development opportunity as well.”
Two open houses for legion members on the proposed deal will take place Friday and Saturday.
A vote by legion members is expected on December 15.
“If they say yes to the opportunity,” says Barnham, ” what they’re doing is that they’re cementing branch 264 at this location for a long, long time.”