In an effort to give back to the town, the Staunton Town Council is working on building a new community center with grant money this summer.
Council Member Brad Webster said the council has been thinking about the project for several years.
"We've had to make so many rough decisions with utilities and infrastructure, raising peoples' bills, we've hoped to give back to the community," Webster said.
Webster said he has received lots of support for the project from local residents.
Sanders and Associates, Inc., Terre Haute, created the preliminary plans for the center, which would be at the main intersection of town and able to hold 150-200 people.
The building would fulfill space needs for senior citizen functions, town festivals and events that are not appropriate for local churches.
Webster hopes the center will serve the western portion of the county, as well as the possible residential development in southern Clay County.
Paper work for state and federal grant money is due the second full week of March, and the council expects to hear back by late March or early April. If funding is granted, the construction could begin as early as this summer.
Webster said any support for the community center would help the grant process. Anyone can write a letter of support for the center, and it will be attached to the application.
"The grants want to see support … the letters really go a long way," Webster said.
Letters can be sent to Town Hall of Staunton, P.O. Box 98, Staunton, Ind., 47881, and must be in by the first week of March.
The council hopes a new community center will spark a revitalization and return the area to a family-oriented, bustling little town.