Former toonie store continues modernization upgrades

Modernization upgrades continue to the 108 year old building that formerly housed the Keremeos Toonie store.

Modernization upgrades continue to the 108 year old building that formerly housed the Keremeos Toonie store.

Work was underway last week to draw water away from the building’s foundation.

Sidewalk pavers on the street were allowing water passage underneath. On August 21, workers were digging up the sidewalk to expose the foundation walls and make repairs.

“The building was jacked up in, I believe, 1967 and retaining walls installed underneath,” said Contractor George Johnson, noting that was prior to the Keremeos flood of 1972.

New flooring has been installed inside the building, which was originally composed of three layers, all laid in opposing directions.

A wheelchair accesssible washroom has been installed  and office space partitioned off in the back of the building.

Johnson said he hopes to have the upgrades completed by winter. The building’s improved aesthetics should increase the number of possible uses the building could be rented out for.