People coming through the new doors of the Staunton Community Center carrying covered dishes, children hanging out inside and out of the building.
And Town Council members Brad Webster and Andy Kirchner couldn't have smiled more.
An idea that began more than three years ago came to fruition Sunday as the community of Staunton was invited to the grand opening of its new community center.
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 in 2009 for the project. The town had worked on obtaining an Indiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for two years in order to secure funds for the center. The grant money was secured in July 2009.
"The whole idea of community grants is to give back to communities," Kirchner said.
Sanders Associates, Inc., Terre Haute, designed the 3,800-square foot center and MSI Construction, based in Clinton, constructed it.
The center is equipped with a gathering room, kitchen, storage and restroom facilities and more.
As people came into the building Sunday, they noticed the tables were adorned with blue and gold table cloths, the colors of the former Staunton High School.
In addition, one of the center pieces in the gathering room was a clock dedicated to Staunton High School in 1931. The clock was refurbished by Mike Varvel at no charge.
Kirchner said the center has already housed birthday parties and graduation get-togethers. In addition, Zumba aerobics take place in the building.
Town Clerk/Treasurer Cathy Mienhartt's office is also located in the facility.
Kirchner added the building is not quite finished.
"We've just got to finish the floors," he said, adding the town plans to use commercial epoxy on the floors.
The town had planned a three-hour open house for the building Sunday. Prior to the open house, 90-year-old Staunton resident Mary Schepper cut the ribbon to officially kick off festivities.