With funding finalized, The Center’s renovation moves ahead

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – The GLBT Center of Central Florida is looking for a few good men (and women).

On Dec. 8, The Orlando City Commission gave final approval to a $146,500 to renovate The Center’s headquarters on Mills Avenue, paving the way for the bidding process to begin. Terry DeCarlo, executive director of The Center, said it is hiring roofers first because that has to be fixed before the board can move ahead with other renovations. DeCarlo said the architect plans are also almost complete.

“You’re going to see construction crews in there by the second to third week of January [2015],” DeCarlo said.

While working with contractors, DeCarlo and The Center staff and volunteers are also working on finishing some fundraising. The project cost is $200,000 and DeCarlo said The Center has to raise the difference.

“That comes through private, business donations,” he said. “We’re about 75% there.”

He said if work starts as planned in January, he’s hoping they can open the doors in March of 2015.

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