BMAC celebrates coming move to North Second Avenue
- Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
- Aug 9, 2019 Updated Aug 9, 2019
A Second Avenue business complex is on its way to becoming the new permanent home of Blue Mountain Action Council.
Construction crews have gutted the interior of the building at the gateway to downtown in preparation for its transition. Today marks the start of its rebuild as BMAC’s Community Service Center.
Blue Mountain Action Council officials, partners and dignitaries dug their shovels in this morning for a ceremonial groundbreaking that launches what’s expected to be a six-month construction process from general contractor Jackson Contractor Group
Work officially begins Monday, said Blue Mountain Action Council Executive Director Kathy Covey.
This morning’s 8:30 a.m. ceremony offered a peek into the space, a chance to publicly thank the legislators and donors who have made the project financially feasible, unveil a new logo for the nonprofit, and launch a final push to complete fundraising.
The 11,000-square-foot building in the 200 block of North Second Avenue was acquired by BMAC in March 2018.
It was purchased with a $1.4 million loan, as part of a roughly $3.7 million total project.
Major funding has included $1.75 million from the state capital budget. Covey lauded 16th district legislators, Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, and Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, for their advocacy.
Fundraising from community groups and residents to date has raised about $422,000.
“Our goal to be able to do what we need to do with the building is $600,000,” Covey said. “Right now it’s almost a house for us, and we just need to make it a home by getting these last few dollars.”
The project positions BMAC with central headquarters, easily accessible to those who use its services, including job training, energy assistance, food distribution, minor home repair, special needs housing, housing for homeless families, legal assistance, asset building, adult literacy, Long Term Care Ombudsman, weatherization, lead paint abatement, Commitment to Community, AmeriCorps and Supportive Services to Veteran Families.
When the project is done, BMAC will move from its current spot at Kelly Place.