The Summerland Youth Centre Association has been guaranteed another 25 years after district councillors unanimously approved a lease renewal, Monday.

The Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre, built by the association and operating in its same location at 9111 Peach Orchard Rd. since 1993, sits on a district-owned lot. Its previous 25-year lease expired in 2018, throwing the society into a month-to-month contract.

The society is in the works of applying for a B.C. Gaming Grant to help with much-needed building repairs, and a month-to-month holdover proves problematic for the society, which typically requires a 10-year lease in order to qualify for grants.

But the land leased to the society now contains the old skatepark, as well as an area leased to the Summerland Builders Mart Ltd. for product storage.

Councillors agreed unanimously to renew the lease between the district and society for $1 a year, but only for the portion of land needed by the youth centre.

Property taxes – $10,000 a year – have been waived for the society and a grant of $5,500 provided by the district.

A new clause, however, gives the district the right to end the lease with one year’s notice without cause or penalty, a clause added in case the land is picked for a new recreation centre.

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