Junction to get its community center

Staff report
GRAND JUNCTION — Christmas came two weeks early Wednesday for the backers of a new community center in Grand Junction.

Vision Iowa has awarded a $220,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant to Grand Junction for the construction of its new community center.

The grant was approved Wednesday by the Vision Iowa board at its meeting in Des Moines.

The $1.1 million project includes the construction of a one-story building that will include three meeting rooms that can open up to accommodate groups of more than 200, plus restrooms and a kitchen.

Residents envision a new center large enough for receptions.

Backers of the project had requested $250,000 from Vision Iowa.

Riddled with mold, the town’s former community center closed this summer after being condemned.

At that old location, a resident once fell through a moldy kitchen floor, trapping her leg.

The Vision Iowa grant program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance quality of life.

Currently, 396 awards have been granted by the board, totaling more than $150.3 million.

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