Foothills County has committed spending up to $500,000 towards a proposed Community Hub which could be part of the Blackie School Modernization when the project is approved by Alberta Education.

Deputy CAO and Director of Community Services with Foothills County, Ryan Payne, says Blackie's original community spaces are in a state of slow decay.

"(There is) an older community hall that's located in Blackie right now, and it's starting to reach its end of life, it's been there a number of years. It's in rougher and rougher shape as time goes on. As well we've got a library that's being accommodated in the fire hall. And there's been a need for a new kitchen space as well in the community."

Payne says the plan is for the Blackie School modernization to include facilities that the entire community can use.

"Planning process with Alberta Education and with Foothills School Division, the County has had the opportunity to incorporate these community needs to replace the hall with a space in the school, and provide some library space, as well as a commercial kitchen for some of the larger community events and functions in Blackie."

The Foothills School Division, which has Blackie School on the top of its list for work, is waiting for approval for the project from the Province of ALberta.


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