The former Sister Rose Homeless Shelter on Eighth St. in Downtown New Bedford has a new owner.

The Southcoast LGBTQ Network recently purchased the building and plans to convert the structure into a four-story community center.

Network President Andrew Pollack visited Townsquare Sunday this week and said the total cost of the project is $800,000 and fundraising has already begun.

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Pollack says renovations, including the installation of an elevator and making the building more accessible, will take two years to complete. The center will serve as headquarters for the LGBTQ Network, a gathering space for the community, and much more.

Pollack also discussed last month's 15th anniversary of the vicious attack at Puzzles Lounge, a gay bar in New Bedford's North End. He says New Bedford has undergone many changes since that terrible incident.

The Townsquare Sunday interview with Andrew Pollack can be heard here:

Townsquare Sunday is an hour-long public affairs program highlighting the work being done by individuals and organizations to make Greater New Bedford a better place to live.

The program can be heard every Sunday morning at 6 on 1420 WBSM.

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