Soil compaction tests are the next step, as city staff work with volunteers on a new warm-up shack at the Central Community Club.

Tim Gosnell from the community club says the testing is needed, before making a pad for the base of the new building. He adds the pad will make it more solid, more accessible for those with wheelchairs or walkers, as well as more durable.

The pad also helps bring the ball-park estimate to around $300,000 for the project. At this point, the club has received $100,000 from the city, $10,000 from the Kinsmen and another $10,000 had been raised by the community club. Along with offers of in-kind donations -- such as skilled labour, materials -- Gosnell says they may well have more than half the price tag in place.

Still, he hopes to have a public meeting before the spring, in hopes of putting the steps in place for a build this summer.

The city demolished the old building last summer. The community club has been working to raise money for a new one for at least seven years.

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