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Gingerbread nearly doubles in size

Friday, October 27, 2000

From toddlers to adults, everyone is excited about the construction happening at the Gingerbread House.

"Things are moving fast there now, once they got the ground work done and all the infrastructure in the floor," said Lorna Burnside, chair of the Gingerbread House Board of Directors. The plan is to complete the outside work quickly in able to enclose the structure by the winter.

Denise Jennett, director of the Gingerbread House, said construction has not a distraction to those served by the facility. Jennett is the successor of long-time director Betty Ohlund - for whom the new wing will be officially named in a ceremony and open house November 5.

"It will almost double the size -there'll be more space for children," Jennett said of the 7,400 square foot addition.

Construction should finish in March, though Jennett said some children will move in earlier to allow for some remodeling in the current facility.

"It's going to be wonderful. More families and children in the community can be served and we'll have more room to do new fun and exciting things," she said.

The expansion continues Gingerbread's plan to provide full childcare services, said Gigi Nelson, vice president of the Advisory Board.

"We're expanding so we can add more facilities for infants and also to work in coalition with the AEA and Head Start program," she said.

Read the rest of this article in the 10/26 Pilot Tribune.

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