Renovations for youth homeless shelter in top gear

ABC Daycare in Sarnia (Blackburnnews.com Photo By Briana Carnegie)

It’s now hoped a new transitional housing complex for at-risk or homeless youth opens by late spring or early summer of next year.

Preferred Towing owners Gary and Tammy Vandenheuvel are moving full steam ahead on renovations to the former ABC Daycare on London Road.

Tammy said they’ve had to gut the entire building.

“We initially had seven units planned and that’s what we’re going to stick with¬†because,¬†at this time, that’s as many as can fit into the building,” said Vandenheuvel. “In speaking with the contractor we are hoping that by late spring or early summer we can have a ribbon cutting and have youth living in the facility. We’re a little behind schedule because of delays we encountered with the HVAC and wiring system.”

She said she expects the cost to be higher than the original $1.3 million estimate.

Gary said tickets are now for sale for the world premiere of the upcoming season of Heavy Rescue 401.

“Discovery has been great in allowing us to show the premiere before anyone else in the world will get to see it. It will be screened on January 12 at the Dante Club,” said Gary.

Tickets for the dinner and screening cost $30 with proceeds helping with the cost of the shelter.

You can call 519-344-7277 or stop by 46 Indian Road South to purchase one of them.