After more than half a century in downtown Cumming, a local service group has sold their building.
Wes Dorsey with Kiwanis Club of Cumming told the Forsyth County News this week the group had closed on the sale of their building at 417 Pilgrim Mill Road after more than 50 years in the same location.
Dorsey said the building was used for a variety of community uses, including scouting and recovery groups, as it was one of the only facilities for a time to host smaller meetings. Dorsey said the group had not used the building since 2010, though it had been used for rentals. Those rentals have also dwindled in recent years.
“We had a building manager in Kiwanis who would lease out the space and help us with it, but it got to where it was more of a break-even and sometimes we were losing money, simply because there were more venues that came to town and took the place of what we were doing,” Dorsey said.
The property was on the market for around six months and had at least one deal fall through before the current deal. While it’s next to the city of Cumming’s City Park, Dorsey said the city was not the buyer.
“We were pleased that we were able to sell it and be able to put money back into our community service and foundation accounts so we can continue to sponsor events and continue our scholarships,” he said.
The group gives a scholarship to a student at each high school, typically a member of Key Club, Kiwanis’ student-led high school program.
“As the community has grown and the number of schools has grown, we typically have had a fundraiser to try to raise funds for those scholarships,” he said. “This should take a little bit of pressure off of that and allow us to do more work in the community financially.”
Though the group does not have a headquarters building, Dorsey said they have a PO Box for business and storage for tables, chairs and other items.
“Just because the building is gone doesn’t mean Kiwanis is gone,” he said. “We’re adding new members every month. We’re a growing organization and want to keep a large presence in the community and continue to help children in our community and across the world.”
Dorsey said he has been with the group since about 1990 and his first meeting was after the city of Cumming erroneously took down the building, which the city had believed was city property.
“The city put up some money to build the basic structure back,” Dorsey said. “We took out a loan and upgraded the basic facility with a kitchen, central heat and air, that kind of thing.”
The group meets on Wednesday at noon at Golden Corral, 2025 Market Place Boulevard. Dorsey said visitors are welcome.
For more information on the local Kiwanis Club, go to CummingKiwanis.org.