Loup City Community Center

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Volunteers have donated money, broke the ground, washed windows and even laid tile for the new building, which is scheduled for it's first event this month.

Construction of the 115x75 foot building started in May of last year. A community survey showed that 70-percent of Loup City residents wanted a new community center.

So, Jim Trotter donated the land and the city got a $250,000 Community Development Block grant to get the project rolling.

The rest has been up to volunteers and donors. As of last week, the city was about $4,000 away from its $650,000 goal. Once that goal is reached, more money will be needed to furnish the kitchen and expand parking.

Jody Spotanski is the chairwoman of the fund-raising committee. She said the center has already been reserved for four weddings, an alumni banquet and several other events.

The new center will have seating for about 500 people, air conditioning, a larger kitchen area and men's and women's restrooms.

Spotanski said more than 300 people have donated to the new center.