"We're hoping to be open by this time next year," Post Commander Les W. Walden said Thursday about the project which has been in the works the past three to four months. "We don't know for sure, we have to get a lot of approvals first, but we're hopeful it will happen by then."
A building committee, made up VFW members and an architect, is looking at several floor plans for the new facility.
"Over the past 20 years we've earned the funds for this project through fundraisers supported by the community and with the support of our members," Walden said. "We're really grateful for everyone's support in getting this project off the ground."
Walden said the project, which is expected to cost approximately $325,000-$350,000 when completed, should have final approval by December and begin construction sometime in the spring.
"Our present building has very limited space," Walden said. "There are times when we can't accommodate our members and the people who attend our Bingo games. We want the new facility to be bigger so that we could update the kitchen area, have a new game room, a small bar and an area that could be used for social events, like dances."
Walden said the facility would be available for rent for private and social events.
"We wouldn't have a dinning room per say, but people would be able to have a dinner catered at the facility," Walden said, adding that it would also allow the group to potentially provide new programs for returning servicemen from Iraq. "We are really excited. This will be a big change for our organization. We will be able to help our veterans more and be more active in our community."