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November 18, 2012 permalink
Steve Woodman, executive director of the Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, has proudly opened his new $23-million CAStle. Since the announcement of its construction the Kingston CAS has merged with Children's Services of Lennox and Addington. At the Brick by Brick site announcing the merger we found what looks like an artist's conception of the building plans shown on the right.
New facility for Family and Children's Services
Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington officially opened their new, 71,000 square-foot facility in Kingston Friday.
The building, located at 817 Division St., replaces the agency's former locations on John Counter Boulevard and Montreal Street.
“(The former locations) were both very full and didn't have this type of community space,” said Steve Woodman, executive director of Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. “Really, we needed to get together to serve the community better.”
The agency moved to the $23-million facility on Oct. 1.
The building features an outdoor playground for children, large community rooms, private interview rooms and ample office space, Woodman said.
“It's really quite exciting to see,” he said. “We've grown a lot over the years and we were growing out of our old space. So really the option was… either to lease more space or build something that really meets the needs of the community. We chose to build and I think we've done a wonderful job.”
Woodman said the new facility is centrally located on a major city street to make it accessible for the public. It is also located on a bus route, he said.
Other locations, including in Sharbot Lake, Northbrook and Napanee, are still in operation.
John Gerretsen, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, said the completed facility is important for the work the agency does in the community.
“What is important is that the people that work here and provide that excellence of care to families and to children in need, that they do so in an environment that is very conducive to work that is as positive as possible,” Gerretsen said. “A good work environment induces better work by the people and it's extremely important when you're dealing with situations that are with children that are in need.
“It's a great day for ultimately, for the children and families that will benefit from the work that they do here.”
Source: Kingston Whig-Standard