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Sober club could close

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 26, 2007 at 5:18 pm with No Comments »
November 26, 2007 5:18 pm

A Tacoma center promoting clean and healthy living could close soon because of financial shortfalls.

The city recently told management at the nonprofit Thee Turning Point that it needed upgraded fire systems – a sprinkler system and slow-burning ceilings – for its 4,000-square-foot building at 2534 Tacoma Ave. Chief executive director Norm McWeeny said it could cost between $20,000 and 50,000.

The club, which services Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, offers a coffee shop and meeting places for those recovering from substance addictions. There’s also a play area for children. It has held up to 500 people during certain events. It opened 2½ years ago, and McWeeny said he has been paying most of the expenses himself.

His landlords have been "really good" about back rent, he said, but they want to sublease the building.

"It’s done a whole lot of good for a lot of people," he said. "I can’t pay (expenses) out of my pocket anymore because it’s not there."

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