RIDGWAY — Members of the Ridgway Veterans of Foreign Wars are continuing to brainstorm ideas for their new location on North Mill Avenue, Post Commander John Fletcher said, and donations are still being sought for the new post’s construction. The size, shape and look of the new building have yet to be determined, Fletcher said, but the hope is that it will be open in two years’ time.
The blighted structure that sat on the property was demolished in November. The VFW purchased it for a little over $700 last summer at a tax sale.
“We’re still in the planning stages right now,” Fletcher said, “but we’re always willing to take donations.”
The VFW purchased the property in hopes of eventually moving its post to a newer, bigger location, Fletcher said. The new post will have more family-friendly entertainment options, too.
Ideas to attract younger people and families range from bocci ball courts to horseshoe pits, Fletcher said. And Fletcher’s personal hope is for the VFW to offer some type of after school program.
“We want to get out and be known not as a place where old men hang out and drink,” he said.
Those willing to donations are asked to call the Ridgway VFW at 814-772-0036.