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1/29/2013 8:57:00 AM
Building fundraising in Boulder Junction progresses
Reuss on building plans: 'We're proceeding on schedule'
The latest artist’s rendering of the proposed community center in Boulder Junction.
The latest artist’s rendering of the proposed community center
in Boulder Junction.

Brian Jopek
of The Lakeland Times

The effort to raise funds to help offset the cost of a new community center in Boulder Junction is apparently off to a good start. 

Town electors voted in October to construct the building, which will house the town library, town office, police office and include meeting rooms for community events. 

The cost for the new building is not to exceed $2.3 million. 

Boulder Junction town board supervisor Dennis Reuss, a member of the building committee appointed by the town board last year, unveiled a new artist’s rendering of the building at the latest meeting of the Boulder Junction town board last week. 

“It’s proceeding on schedule,” he said.   “We are into the final stages of plan review.”

Reuss said there are two more scheduled meetings of the building committee  before bid preparation. 

“At that point, we’ll know where the project costs are going to come in,” he said. 

He presented to the community the latest drawing of the exterior of the community center, using the comments gathered over the course of several meetings with the project architect and consultants. 

“We ... present to the community tonight a rendering that was done and paid for by the architectural firm of what the project will look like if it’s completed,” he said. “The color theme and the theme of the project is obviously a railroad depot.”

Reuss said the new drawing, which cost the project’s architectural firm, Blue Design Group of Hortonville, more than $2,000 to produce. It depicts the building and the plans for it as they will appear for bidding. 

“I think it’s a well-designed building, it fits the community well, is not overpowering and is very warm,” he said. “We’ve received nothing but positive comments on what the rendering has shown here.”

Reuss said the latest drawing depicts the finished building accurately – if it’s approved as drawn. 

“It’s obviously got to be bid and we have to be within budget,” he said. “So, that’s our next goal and obviously our goal for fundraising is a large step at this point.”

Also meeting last week, on Thursday, was the project’s fundraising committee. 

Committee member Mary Van Grinsven, newly-elected as the committee’s secretary, said as of Friday morning, there was nearly $50,000 toward the building project in the bank. 

“To this point, with just under two months under our belt, we have $48,500 in the account toward the new building,” she said. “So, we thought that was a great start.”

During Thursday’s fundraising committee meeting, members of the Boulder Junction Friends of the Library presented to the committee a donation of $40,000. 

Brian Jopek may be reached at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.

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