In 2014, we purchased a property at 227 Simcoe Street S in Oshawa, and worked with a local architect to design a new, fully-accessible facility, with a bright and spacious dining hall, a fully-equipped Kitchen, and a thrift shop for our many patrons in need of clothing and household goods. Unfortunately, this vital new facility was delayed as soon as construction started at the site – extensive existing soil issues were discovered, and DOFN exhausted our entire building fund remediating the site, even though the site had been verified as ready when we purchased it. This unforeseen complication nearly devastated our efforts. Thankfully, through the generosity of J.J. McGuire and other fundraising efforts, we were able to get construction on the kitchen underway, and foundations were completed earlier this year. To complete the construction, we need to raise another $1.5 Million.
Although a lengthy process, DOFN has hired legal counsel (William F Kelly Professional Corporation) to assist in the process of recovering funds due to the improper environmental that occurred.
The soil remediation and environmental process has been completed and the foundation has since been built and filled out.
Once the fundraising process is near complete DOFN will move ahead full force in completing construction. There will be roughly a 2-6-week period of negotiating with trades and then DOFN is looking at an estimated 8-month timeline to complete the new construction.