July 7, 2010

City may help construction training program buy new building

The city may help a program that trains construction workers buy a new building.

City Development Director Brian O'Connell is recommending the City Council agree to help the First Choice Pre-Apprenticeship program purchase a new building. First Choice is now located in the former Racine firehouse at 1437 Marquette St. They're looking to move to a larger facility to expand its training opportunities.

First Choice is looking for a new building that will allow them to build an entire house indoors. The space would allow them to expand programs and better train potential workers.

O'Connell sent a letter to the City Council asking for assistance for First Choice. His request was referred to the Finance and Personnel Committee, which will take up the proposal in closed session.

The location of the property and the amount of financial assistance is not being disclosed at this time, according to city records.