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Projects get help with I-JOBS funding

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -– More than a million dollars will help fund community projects in the state, thanks to Vision Iowa funding through the I-JOBS program.

Governor Chet Culver announced $1,158,000 in grants for a performing arts auditorium in DeWitt, a theater façade renovation in Neola and a community center in Elma. The grants were approved Wednesday by the Vision Iowa Board at their meeting in Clear Lake.

"Iowans take such great pride in their communities," Culver said. "They continually work to make their areas more appealing to citizens and tourists alike. I'm pleased that I-JOBS is helping to make these community revitalization projects possible."

"DeWitt's performing arts auditorium is a great example of a city and community school district partnership," said Vision Iowa Board Chairwoman Regenia Bailey. "This collaboration makes good use of public dollars and benefits both community and school productions."

The funds will be distributed as follows:

DeWitt Central Performing Arts Auditorium - DeWitt

Total Project Cost: $6,491,525

Amount Requested: $1,116,335

Amount Awarded: $1,000,000

This project includes the construction of a 15,000-square foot, 799-seat community performing arts auditorium located at Central Community High School. Other project components include an 8,500-square-foot atrium, 2,500-square-foot entrance area, and restrooms.

 Phoenix Theater Restoration - Neola

Total Project Cost: $46,000

Amount Requested: $23,000

Amount Awarded: $18,000

This project includes the reconstruction of the front façade of the historic Phoenix Theater in Neola.

Elma Memorial Hall and Trail Head/Welcome Center - Elma

Total Project Cost: $487,825

Amount Requested: $143,825

Amount Awarded: $140,000

This project includes the expansion and renovation of the existing Memorial Hall. Specific changes include a new kitchen, reconstructing the existing toilet facilities into a storage room, new HVAC units, remodeling of Legion Hall, new exterior covered patio, and thermal protection updates.  This project also includes the renovation of the former railroad depot into a welcome center and trail head. 

 

 

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