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|Community center bond awaiting state approval|
The city of Winnsboro has asked state officials to approve issuing a $200,000 bond for construction on the Winnsboro community center project.
The Winnsboro City Council approved the bond at its regular meeting May 19 and forwarded that request on to Baton Rouge.
Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons said the project moves closer to reality every day and that, right now, the town is simply waiting on the state bond commission to approve the request.
"We're waiting for the money to be approved and the plans to be approved," Hammons said.
The Winnsboro Community Center will be housed in the former Jitney Jungle store on Adam Street in Winnsboro.
Current proposals for the site include a large meeting room and a smaller conference area.
Hammons said the center would give Winnsboro a much-needed space to host community meetings and events as well as weddings and receptions.
"We usually have to rent a church family life center or something else along that line," Hammons said.
The $400,000 project is being funded via numerous sources, including $215,000 capital outlay from the state, $100,000 from the USDA, and a loan from the USDA.
That funding also includes the purchase and resurfacing of a parking lot in downtown, Hammons said.
Hammons said there is not currently a timetable for completion of the community center and the parking lot.
"We're just now in the process of getting the money lined up to do the project with," Hammons said.