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Community center plans almost set

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

STAUNTON -- After nearly two years of discussions, a plan for a proposed community center in Staunton is nearly complete.

On Monday, the Town Council met with Dan Sanders, representative of Sanders and Associates, Inc., Terre Haute.

The company has been drawing up blue prints for the proposed project for several months.

Sanders told the council Monday those plans were practically finished.

He provided the council with a color board, which included paint and material samples on it that would be used for the project.

"We're trying to be judicious to what we choose as far as materials," Sanders told the board.

He also provided the council with a tentative schedule regarding the construction of the building.

Sanders said he hoped to meet with council members again this weekend to go over final details, which are not completely finished.

"We're still working on the plans," Sanders said. "We're tweaking a few things. We're still in the process of finishing the drawings."

Sanders said he hoped to begin advertising with media outlets by next week. He added he'd like to open bids for construction of the project the middle of September.

"I expect we'll get quite a few bids," Sanders said.

Sanders said a tentative groundbreaking ceremony could be set for October.

Priority Project Resources constructed a grant proposal earlier this year for the project.

The town has worked on attaining an Indiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for two years in order to secure funds for the proposed center.

The original grant proposal was close to $750,000, but was scaled back to $406,900. Town officials learned last month they had secured the grant money through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

On Monday, Sanders said the plans were "a little bit behind schedule," adding he hoped to have everything completed by Monday's meeting.

Still, Sanders said the project is moving ahead.

The council also voted 3-0 in favor of having a rendering made of the building after Sanders said his organization would put up half of the estimated $1,200 cost.

The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 14.

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