Cadets seeking new home in Abbotsford

A proposed new, 10,000 square foot army cadet building took a small step forward on Monday. Council gave its approval in principle to a plan to construct the new facility in Abbotsford's Grant Park (31800 Madiera Place).

Eleanor Klawer

Eleanor Klawer

A proposed new, 10,000 square foot army cadet building took a small step forward on Monday. Council gave its approval in principle to a plan to construct the new facility in Abbotsford’s Grant Park (31800 Madiera Place).

The 1922 Royal Westminster Army Cadet Corps would finance, construct and maintain the facility, which would be uses for its youth programs.

“We are looking for a new home in Abbotsford,” said Eleanor Klawer, vice-chair of the sponsoring committee for the cadets.

The 1922 has been running its program in Aldergrove for the past 68 years. However, with the closure of the Canadian Forces Base in Aldergrove, the cadets are seeking a new location.

Klawer spoke before council on Monday and explained that the 1922 is a local corps. She said they have about 50 cadets registered and more than 40 of those are from Abbotsford.

The proposed building would feature a small gyms and rooms of various sizes which would be made available for community use as well. Other details on the project are vague.

No plans have been created on how the building will look as Klawer wants to “have a location” first. There is also no business plan for the proposal.

“We have a long way to go yet in the fundraising. But, based on previous experience, it will get done,” she said.

Coun. Lynne Harris said the proposal was supported by the Parks and Recreation Department and she feels it would be a “very good addition to Grant Park … I hope the neighbourhood is open to the concept.”