Volunteer team closing in on $1-million fundraising goal for Paramount Drive facility; expressions of interest sought from contractors
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This is an artist’s concept of the new provincial headquarters of the Canadian Red Cross slated to be built on Paramount Drive near the Charlottetown Airport. Construction is expected to begin later this year with completion by spring.
The Canadian Red Cross is close to reaching its goal of raising $1 million to build a new provincial headquarters in Charlottetown.
The campaign took a bit longer than originally hoped, says Cathie Desborough, the organization’s director of philanthropy.
“It has been a little slower,’’ she says. “We are about six months off what we had hoped.’’
But a volunteer team led by Charlottetown entrepreneur Kent Scales has just about reached the target.
Close enough, in fact, for the Canadian Red Cross to advertise for expression of interest for general contractors for construction of the facility at Paramount Drive near the Charlottetown Airport.
Desborough says the Canadian Red Cross started outgrowing about 10 years ago the 135-year-old house on Prince Street in Charlottetown that has been used as the headquarters for more than 70 years.
“We need a better means to mobilize and a better facility for training our volunteers,’’ she says. “We are very excited.’’
She hopes construction will begin before Christmas and be completed in the spring.
In addition to providing more space for training volunteers and a larger inventory of disaster response supplies, the property will also offer easier public
access including parking and wheelchair accessibility as well as access to two major transportation links: the Trans-Canada Highway and the Charlottetown Airport.
The new building will feature auxiliary power, improved communications and other equipment, training, storage and administrative space, plus a new disaster response vehicle.