Table food bank announces new home
Men’s shelter planned on same property
HUNTSVILLE - The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation is already off to a good start for 2013.
The foundation has announced that it has found a new location for its existing activities plus the launch of its men’s shelter project. The location is at 9, 11, and 13 Hanes Street. “The Table has a two-fold purpose and the existing buildings and ample off street parking of this spacious and attractive property ideally suits both,” according to a press release issued by the foundation. “The Town of Huntsville has already approved our two ventures (food bank plus men’s shelter) as permitted uses within the existing zoning of this property. The large two-storey retail building on site is turn-key ready for immediate occupancy Feb. 1, 2013, with minimum necessary upgrades for The Table Food Bank including our clothing and household goods.”
The Hanes Street site was once home to Jason Armstrong’s Hyundai of Muskoka and more recently, it was the location for Muskoka Star Entertainment, a video and game rental outlet.
“Our long-term leasehold in this property would not have been possible had it not been for the generosity of Jason Armstrong of Drive Muskoka and a currently undisclosed professional group of investors whom The Table is affiliated with in this property venture,” according to the press release from the foundation.
When contacted, Armstrong said he could not comment at this time and foundation chief executive officer Heather Berg could not be reached by press time.
The foundation announced that it has acquired a 20-year, long-term interest and control of the Hanes Street property, located just off King William Street. The release states the men’s shelter project would be totally contained within a detached one-story large existing building situated on the same site.
“The Table has received assurance from the Town of Huntsville officials that a building permit is now readily available to us pending the finalization and presentation of the required drawings which will detail our vision for customizing that existing structure to our vision for a men’s shelter facility, which will be available to the needs of the entire district. Those details will be fine-tuned after we seek and obtain input from knowledgeable stakeholders throughout the district who have demonstrated an interest in this men’s shelter venture, which has already been two years in the making,” according to the release.
The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization committed to serving people in need in the community. The organization offers two weekly meals out of Trinity United Church and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church as well as a food bank.