City council voted Tuesday to spend enough money to get the YMCA/YWCA and Boys and Girls Club into a renovated John Tod elementary school turned community centre.
But it didn't go for the full architectural plan that would have added a $1-million glass fronted foyer to the building.
Council voted unanimously Tuesday to opt for a $1.8-million plan that would see the two groups as the key tenants of the building, with some shared space in between.
That motion was followed by another to demolish the McArthur Island Youth Centre, where the Boys and Girls Club is currently located, once it moves out.
The architects that worked with the groups came up with a more deluxe plan touting a $3.6-million price tag, said City parks, culture and recreation director Byron McCorkell.
He told council the two groups have to chip in $250,000 each, which the City is willing to provide in loans at $50,000 a year in payback.
The Y has signed on to the deal, but the Boys and Girls Club has only been able to commit to $150,000.
McCorkell said the City will continue to work with that group with fundraising efforts to fill their side of the deal.
But it's time to get the building renovations up and running, as the school has stood empty since the school district closed it three years ago during reconfiguration.
"We're in a situation where we need to get direction on costing," he said.
Council was given three options: use the $1 million it has for the project to create a community centre that McArthur Island groups could move into; spend $1.8 million including grants and loans to the Y and Boys and Girls Club and renovate for them as partners; or borrow as much as it needs to get $3.6 million and do the full deluxe renovation.
Council members felt the budget is too tight to go for the fancier option, but wanted to make the building usable by the two groups.
"It's not the full buildout but it gets them up and running well," said Mayor Peter Milobar.
"It'll bring life back into that whole area."
Coun. Nelly Dever asked about the Boys and Girls Club limiting its contribution to $150,000.
McCorkell said the group doesn't have the ability to pay more than that at this point.
"We're saying, through a combined community effort, we believe we can raise that $250,000. We're trying to structure this so we can move forward. We know even at $1.8 million, this building will need more renovations in future."