KNIGHTDALE — The Knightdale Extension Community Association (KECA) and the town officially closed on property at 426 N. First Avenue last week in a move that will give the town more space for recreation classes.
Starting this month, the town will hold some of its athletic and recreational classes, like yoga and Zumba, there.
Tina Cheek, the director of Knightdale Parks and Recreation, said the move helps free up space at the recreation center for other programs and the new building is more suited for the classes the department plans to move.
The donation was iniatiated in October by KECA. The group, which has operated for 101 years, slowly stopped using the space as often as they used to.
The organization hasn’t used the building in about two years, said president Mary Laymon in October.
“We are few in number now with our group and we’re seniors so we don’t use the clubhouse anymore so we decided we’d just donate it,” she said.
The local chapter of the Lions Clubs rents the building from KECA but even they use the building sparingly. They sublease the property to a church when they are not using it for meetings or special events.
“We just felt like this (donation) would be furthering our community service so it would be continued to be used in a community atmosphere,” Laymon said when the donation process began.
The town will honor the rental agreement KECA had with The Lions Club for the first year before re-evaluating it.
The lease with the town will give the Lions two nights a month, one weekend in the spring and one weekend in the fall to use the building for meetings and events. In the interim, they can use the space as storage.
The first year of the lease will also allow the Lions to use the building rent-free.
Knightdale Town Manager Seth Lawless said the Lions have invested about $20,000 in the building over the past two years. Their maintenance of the building was obvious during the town’s inspection of the property, and Lawless said that because they took such care of the building, there was no need to charge rent since there were no repairs and the building itself is free.
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