During the weekdays, the Centre for Seniors information activity centre in the Brock Shopping Centre is a busy place.
On weekends and evenings, not so much.
There’s lots of space in the centre, which just opened up in February, and the members have grown so comfortable with it they sometimes want to hold family or social events there.
And so City council will be asked Tuesday to approve a liquor licence for the centre, so there can be fundraisers and special occasions held in the building.
Executive director Brenda Prevost said Monday she’s had requests for one wedding and two anniversary parties at the centre already. But the groups interested in renting space also want to be able to serve alcohol.
Her goal was to get the liquor licence before Christmas.
“We hoped to get it in time for Christmas functions or smaller functions that would be primarily senior oriented,” she said.
“We have space available. We have caterers listed we can provide for the events. Rentals would be for evenings and weekends.”
The centre will remain as it is for its members Monday to Friday during business hours.
Monitoring the alcohol being served won’t be an issue, Prevost said.
“We work closely with Lions who have several members with Serving It Right. And a few of our volunteers and members also have Serving It Right,” she said.
She has no plans to operate the bar during daytime hours. There are two bars within a half a kilometre of the centre, so members who want a casual drink can find one, she aid.
“An on-site bar is not something we want to have in this space.”
The staff recommendation going to council is to limit the size of events to 110 people. The hours of operation would be 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
“Providing this type of opportunity to hold social events and functions will go a long way to help us keep our doors open,” said Prevost.