Our new community center opened last week to rave reviews! Over 125 people attended the opening ceremony on Monday, May 19. Over 320 attended our Grand Opening Gala on Thursday, May 22. After 3 years of dreaming, planning, building, and preparing our new $3-million state-of-the-art community center is open for business. Click here for a slide show of opening day.
L to R: Me in the future great hall; Debbie in front of the art room off the great hall; exterior from across the street; exterior with Debbie standing beside the entrance to give some idea of the size of the building.
Our community center construction moves forward daily. The roof is completely on now, and the glass in the celestory windows in the great hall is in. Some translucent panels are installed in the gym. Once the building is dried-in, then the real fun begins! The construction folks at Quality Construction say they anticipate “substantial” completion by April 10. We’ll see. At least we’ll be in by May sometime, just in time for summer activities. I’ll keep you posted.
Here are the latest photos of the community center we’re building on Main Street in Chatham. I founded a non-profit, Chatham Cares, in 2005. In 2006 we received a $3-million grant to construct a community center for the entire county. This is the only recreation facility in our county of 60,000 people that is not a school. This effort is part of our commitment to be the abbey church in our community, and to collaborate with other groups to transform our town. A sketch of the building and groundbreaking photos are here.