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4 Culture grant enables bathrooms renovations

Drawing of the renovated women's bathroom

The Kenmore Community Club's long held goal of remodeling its bathrooms to both comply with American with Disabilities Act and to simply provide renters and guests with a more attractive and functional facility is about to become reality.

With with savings accumulated over the past two years, along with matching gift corporate donations from Boeing, Microsoft, Phillips, Google, and lastly a grant from the King County 4Culture Fund, the club now has enough funding for the nearly $75,000 project. The key piece in financing was the 4 Culture grant, which was received Dec. 13.

In an email to Treasurer David Evans, 4Culture's Program Director Dana Phelan, and Executive Director Brian J. Carter wrote:

"It is our pleasure to inform you that your project has been awarded $23,490.00 through the 2022 Landmarks Capital program.

"Your award is the result of a highly competitive process. A panel of historic preservation and culture professionals reviewed 29 applications with a total request amount of $760,608. They made funding recommendations based on the evaluation criteria outlined in the Landmarks Capital guidelines, and awarded a total of $250,000 to 12 applicants. Congratulations on being part of this group!

"On behalf of 4Culture, thank you for your ongoing stewardship of your landmark property."

Thanks to the year-long effort by David Evans, with help of President-elect Nick Freeman and member Jay Greening, the project was able to begin demolition Dec. 26 with the help of several club members and the Youth Council.

Depending on multiple construction variables, the hope is to have the new bathrooms ready by end of February.

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