Community Living Dryden – Sioux Lookout is looking to demolish their dilapidated church building at 99 Albert Street to redevelop it into a two-storey $3.6 million facility, with support from the city.

99 Albert Street is the current location of the former New Life Church, which has been purchased by CLDSL.

The organization is now applying for support through the city’s Community Improvement Plan to help cover up to 100 per cent of the demolition project’s landfill tipping fees.

With tipping fees set at $165 per tonne and with an estimated 370 tonnes of materials, CLDSL is asking for the roughly $60,000 in fees to be waived or for them to be lessened, to help move the redevelopment project forward.

The City of Dryden’s Economic Development Officer, Tyler Peacock, presented his report on their application to councillors during a Committee of the Whole meeting on July 11.

His report states the New Life Church building is about 4,700 square feet, and after inspections, appears to have major structural flaws and needs to be completely torn down and rebuilt.

CLDSL is now proposing a $3.6 million facility that would be roughly double the church’s size at about 9,400 square feet on the same lot. It would include 28 offices, conference rooms, an elevator and accessible ramp, staff wellness and break rooms, with a second storey planned for the future.

Community Living Dryden – Sioux Lookout is a charity organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities, and currently operates in shared offices between Sioux Lookout and Dryden. They say their existing Dryden building at 280 Arthur Street is too small for the services they provide.

The project is being taken on by local contractor Renew Construction.

Council is set to provide direction on the issue at their July 25 Council meeting at City Hall.