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AIDS committee searches for new office in downtown Kitchener

A new building development at the corner of King and Wellington Streets in downtown Kitchener has forced the AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), to find another space in the downtown core to meet the demands of their service users.

Kitchener downtown development puts ACCKWA out of their current office by end of the year

ACCKWA hopes to find a new location in the area of downtown Kitchener. (Google Streetview)

A new building development at the corner of King and Wellington Streets in downtown Kitchener has forced the AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), to find another location.

Ruth Cameron, the executive director of ACCKWA, told CBC K-W's The Morning Edition host Craig Norris the non-profit has just started its search and needs to find another appropriate space that is affordable by the beginning of next year.

"There's been a few properties which would require some modification," Cameron said. "That just, of course, would add to the moving and renovation cost that we would have to deal with as a small non-profit."

The Kitchener office has a staff of 10 to 12 people including volunteers to provide services to people living with or affected by HIV.

The current offices of ACCKWA is part of a six-acre development site planned by the Zehr Group that will feature condominiums, ground-level storefronts and office space. The group also purchased the former Ratz-Bechtel funeral home which it plans to restore.