The town of Staunton has put its plans in motion.
After nearly two years of discussions and planning, the Staunton Town Council recently announced it will begin accepting bids for its proposed Community Center building, set to be built on the corner of Monroe and East Columbus streets.
Town officials have scheduled a pre-bid hearing for 10 a.m., Monday. At the hearing, construction plans will be available for contractors to take a look at.
The town will begin to accept bids for the center Monday. The council will receive bids until 2 p.m., Sept. 17.
On that date, the council will open the contractor bids at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.
The council has been working with Sanders Associates Architects, Terre Haute. The company designed the 3,800-square foot center.
At the councils' meeting earlier this month, Sanders Associates Architects representative Dan Sanders supplied a color board, which included paint and material samples of what the interior of the building would look like.
The blue prints call for a color scheme of blue and gold for parts of the interior of the building. Blue and gold were the school colors of Staunton High School.
The gathering room with a 40-person capacity, which can be opened to a larger hall with a fireplace providing a combined capacity for 180 people for community events and meetings.
The meeting areas will be supported by a serving kitchen, storage and restroom facilities. In addition, the town clerk's office will be housed in the center.
A cookout area on the center's south patio with exterior fireplace and outdoor barbecue grill will also be featured.
According to town officials, more than 50 percent of the building materials used will come from sources within the Wabash Valley.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-September and, according to town officials, the building is expected to be completed by March 2010.
At the council meeting earlier this month, Sanders informed the board a tentative groundbreaking ceremony could take place in October.
Funding for the project came from the Indiana Office of Housing and Rural Affairs through a grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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.
In July, town officials learned they had secured the grant money.
The board meets regularly on the second Monday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 14, followed by the special meetings to open contractor bids Sept. 17.