A COMMUNITY group is looking to raise £20,000 to help breathe new life into a disused Wrexham building.
The Yum Yum Project has until the first week of September to submit a proposal to Wrexham Council on how it will run Centre 67 in Rhosddu Road.
Momentum to turn the building into a community facility with an art and music space, a learning space and a free cafe has been gathering speed.
Members have already acquired a food supplier and furniture and are now looking for sponsorship to pay running costs for the building for the first year – including covering insurance, legal costs and utilities.
More than 400 people have signed an online petition in support of the project with a further 500 having signed in person at the a stall in the People’s Market.
The building on Rhosddu Road was previously earmarked for demolition as it had been unused since 2005 and was to be replaced by a car park.
But following a reversal of the decision in June last year, Wrexham Council agreed for the plans to be mothballed while the building’s future was considered.
It was previously the chaplaincy for Rhosddu and was later used as a mental health centre before it closed in 2005.
Wrexham Council is expected to make a decision on the future of the building in October.
If the Yum Yum Project is successful in getting a peppercorn rent for the property, phase one of its plans will be to use the ground floor to generate income, which will be used to install a lift and make it compliant with disability regulations.
They will then be able to take on the second floor in a later phase.
Yum Yum project founder Gabrielle Jacobsen said: “We cannot believe the outcome. It’s been exceptional to see how many people want to build a community and it just goes to show how much all people want to be a part of something so positive.
“Creative spaces seem to be the future and community based pubs like Saith Seren offer such a place for meetings, fundraising and social events like the Wrexham Community Choir, who meet there for singing and social events.
“If five or six companies could come forward and give us £1,000 it would really help. We’ve got to prove to the council we can run it.
“We’re not looking at wages here, we’re looking at running costs. We’ve got the food and we’ve got the furniture.
“People want to see change and are excited by the potential that groups like the Yum Yum project are trying hard to actualise.”
The Yum Yum Project will be holding a stall at Wrexfest on Llwyn Isaf tomorrow.
Gabrielle added: “If people want to come along and pledge something they’re more than welcome.”
Anybody who would like to get involved with the project or who can offer any leads for sponsorship is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org