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We’re moving! (Probably)

Jul 23, 2020 | blog

Fill out this survey by Monday July 27th to let us know how you feel about it.

2020 has been full of curveballs.

In addition to planning our operational plan, shifting to lots of food security work and dealing with matters of COVID19– we have been considering a relocation.

The Sackville Commons’ rent is slated to increase (as per our original lease agreement) upon renewal. And we have exciting new neighbours, because The Kookie Kutter is doing so well they are expanding and relocating to the large bays at 64 Main Street. Due to this, we actually have the opportunity to move to the former Kookie Kutter building on Lorne Street.

After much deliberation, The Commons Board decided it was not only less risky to move than to stay, but also it would be in service of our business model, our mission and mandate and our ability to plan for the future. The Lorne Street location allows for us to eventually purchase property, expand, save nearly 2/3 a month in rent, retain meeting spaces and Tool Library on Main Street and invest more in capital improvements to the building– including more accessibility features. Additionally, we can easily expand into the adjacent Lorne Street building for meeting rooms, and still be saving money on monthly rent.

Because we are a co-operative that is responsible to our community, our board having landed on a consensus, wanted to take a week to consult members and our community. This is where we need you!

Please fill out this survey regarding our potential move, or e-mail us to share your thoughts before Monday night, July 27th.
Our special board meeting to officially decide will be Tuesday, July 28th.
If our community agrees, we will be moving into Lorne Street building (after JN Lafford has done considerable renovations) by the beginning of September.

For further details, please look at the survey! We wanted to make the process as transparent as possible.

We also wanted to share photos of The Firehall when we first took over the space, and John Lafford renovated it to our liking. We’re proud of how far we’ve come, and are excited by this new opportunity.