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CSA Bike Centre finds New Home

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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  • Both the Food Bank and the Bike Centre will continue to operate on
Gordon Street before moving to the Annex in early August, wh

    Both the Food Bank and the Bike Centre will continue to operate on Gordon Street before moving to the Annex in early August, wh

Written by Martina Schaefer

The Cenral Student Association has struck a deal with the University of Guelph that will allow the Bike Centre to remain open for the majority of the summer.

Three weeks ago it was announced that the Bike Centre would be on hiatus starting in April, as its current location on Gordon Street was set to be demolished and no new space had been found for it.

Last week, the University of Guelph stepped in to help, offering to let the CSA take over the lease for the Annex of the Federal Building, located across the street from the Bike Centre's current home in the basement of Biology House.

Outgoing Local Affairs Commissioner Galen Fick said a Bike Centre in the Annex would be more spacious and easier to access than the old spot, whose stairs made it difficult for students to bring their bikes into the shop.

“The Bike Centre will have 3 garage bays, which is way more space than they have now, and it’s at grade so you can just roll your bike right in,” said Fick.

"Everyone who’s seen it is really excited about it."

The Food Bank would also get more space as a result of the move, he added.

Both the Food Bank and the Bike Centre will continue to operate on Gordon Street before moving to the Annex in early August, when the University plans to demolish the townhouses.

In an email to thecannon, VP Student Affairs Brenda Whiteside said that the CSA's lease on Biology House, which cost $1 per year, was being transferred to the Annex.

She said the University no longer required the Annex, since recent renovations to the Axelrod building this year "is allowing OAC [Ontario Agriculture College] to bring together faculty involved in Environmental Science," rather than keep them in the Federal Building.

The CSA will also advertise their usual Bike Centre summer coordinator position, although the term will end a month earlier than it has in previous years, Fick said.

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