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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Community center nears completion

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  • City officials are expecting a finished product in the form of the Stan Patty Community Center within four months. The center is located at Sullivan Park and has taken shape in the past eight months. City Manager Ian O'Neal said the city is about to begin putting in a parking lot, as well as cabinets and completing restroom work.
    The community center was built, in part, with $84,000 in grant money. The city has added $25,000 in the 2013-14 fiscal year budget to complete the project. O'Neal said the community also played a significant role in completing a project that sat on the shelf for years.
    "We have had several people donate labor and materials to get this going," O'Neal said. "It would not have been possible without them, because our budget was really tight. I am hoping it will be ready in four months, and that is a very conservative estimate."
    O'Neal said the grant money sat around for about 10 years. A firm commitment was made during a council meeting to move forward on the project, which began with a ground-breaking ceremony.
    The parking lot will be able to hold 100 vehicles, with four handicapped parking spots. O'Neal said the center has generated interest from citizens wanting to reserve it for special events.
    "We have had people call all the time wanting to know when it will be ready for them to rent," he said.
    As construction wraps up, the council will need to set the rental fees and deposit amount. O'Neal said the city wants to keep the center affordable, with a deposit that can be refunded following clean up from the event. The city is also interested in using the center for dances for both the youth of the community as well as senior citizens.
    "We are really pleased with it, and we are very excited about getting it up and running," O'Neal said. "We think it will be a great addition for the community."

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