The South Whidbey School Board approved five new leases for tenants at the South Whidbey Community Center at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The new tenants include Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Backyard, Tiger Martial Arts and Living Design Foundation Inc. South Island CrossFit, the fifth tenant, had its previous lease modified. It is now sharing the space inside the Cooler gymnasium with The Backyard, a non-profit indoor playground.
The monthly leases range from $135 to $2,843, depending on the size of the room. The tenants occupy space on the campus of Langley Middle School.
Starting on Feb. 1, Living Design Foundation Inc. will occupy two rooms in the Spencer Building behind Island Dance for “project based community education,” according to school documents. Tiger Martial Arts, owned by Wendi Barker and currently located in Freeland, will move in April 1, 2018. Big Brothers Big Sisters, based in Oak Harbor, expanded its youth mentorship program to Langley; its lease began on Nov. 1.
South Island CrossFit will occupy 2,500 total rentable square feet in the southern section of the Cooler gymnasium, while The Backyard will have 2,000 square feet in the northern space of the gym.
Filling up the community center has been one of the primary tasks for Gail LaVassar, the South Whidbey School District’s community liaison for the center. She said “most rooms are spoken for at the Community Center and the majority will be moved in by February.” She added that the front office is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday for the month of December.
There is also a tentative plan for an open house in the spring.