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Funding prompts town to revise community kitchen project

A community kitchen project plan initiated by the town of Unicoi through grant applications beginning in 2009 has been downsized in order to make the acquiring of funding more feasible.
Town of Unicoi Community Kitchen Board Chairperson Brunhilde Tober-Meyer announced the plans for reduction during a Unicoi town meeting on Jan. 22.
Tober-Meyer said the ongoing feasibility study will help the board create a business model, which is necessary to secure more grant funding.
“The architect revised the original plan for the kitchen,” Tober-Meyer said. “You might remember that the estimated cost for what was designed the first go around was over $900,000. With what we have we just didn’t see how we could raise the additional funds to support that.”
The building design was reduced from 4,700 square feet to 3,200 square feet, Tober-Meyer reported.
“It’s not as wide but we will be able to fit all the equipment in that we had in the original plan,” Tober-Meyer said. “This revised plan also includes reduction of the training area and meeting room.”

For the remainder of this article please see the January 29, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.