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December 9, 2012

$35.6M project to include school renovations, community center


GOSHEN — Looking ahead

Stahly has spent the last few weeks preparing for and hosting focus groups. These groups have been made up of neighborhood leaders, business owners and other community members, Stahly said, and he’s already begun looking at what concerns they’ve brought up about the project.

“We’ll do much more analysis than what we’ve done already,” he said.

Between now and the January meeting with the school board and the city council, Stahly and the rest of the executive committee will be preparing for questions and comments from the public. He’ll make presentations and talk with concerned community members, and is also working to speak with other potential large donors, he said.

When it comes to owning and operating the building, duties will be split, he said. Goshen Community Schools and the city of Goshen will split the ownership of the physical structure, as determined by the bonds, if passed by the vote.

The management will be overseen by a board of directors through Goshen Community Center Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization set up to direct and manage the center. The first few years of the center’s existence would be helped by an endowment, Stahly said, established to help with costs until they can be met by the facility’s income.

“The city and school board will have added representation on the board of directors,” Stahly said. “They will control all of the hiring and management.”

The project will also have a website within a month, Stahly said. Visitors can soon go to www.goshencommunitycenter.com to learn more about the project, donate to the fund or leave comments, he said.

“From the focus groups and other comments, we’re seeing a need for this center,” Stahly said. “People will be able to leave feedback and get answers to their questions.”

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