Province spending $2.25M on new Digby County community centre

The Nova Scotia government is putting $2.25 million toward a new community centre in Digby County.

The proposed 14,905-square-foot centre would be built in the historic black community of Acaciaville, and also service nearby Jordantown and Conway.

The centre is to include space for a pre-school, youth and adult learning along with space for retail and culture and recreation programming.

"This funding provides the African Nova Scotian community, one of the founding cultures of Digby County, an opportunity to share our struggles and contributions of the past and move forward with diversity and inclusion," Kerry Johnson, president of the Jordantown-Acaciaville-Conway Betterment Association, said in a statement.

'A lifelong dream'

The association says it also hopes to get additional funding for the project.

Brand Barton, facilitator for the black community of Digby, said "an undertaking of this magnitude has been a lifelong dream of many former and present residents of this black community."

Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson said that the centre has been a long-standing need in the area.