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Mineola Community Center Coming Down

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Funds Sought To Replace Historic Building

By Joe Foreman, Editor

   The Mineola Community Center building is coming down, but an effort is now underway to replace the structure that has served as a local gathering place since 1916.
    In August, the community center was heavily damaged in a pair of hail and wind storms. The building sustained roof, window, siding and interior damage, but repair costs are more than the community wants to invest in the 95-year-old structure.
    “The building has to come down,” Mineola banker Duane Kahl said. “The plan now is to get pledges for construction of a new building on the site. If we don’t get the pledges, we won’t get anything built.”
    Kahl said modifications are being made to the community center’s status as a non-profit corporation so that tax-deductible donations and grants can be accepted.
    The goal, Kahl said, is to get $30,000 to $40,000 in pledges by the end of winter. Some pledges have already been made, he said.
    A new building is expected to carry a price tag of between $130,000 and $140,000. Kahl said Mineola American Legion Post 705 would be a partner in the proposed facility.
    A community center meeting in Mineola is planned for Jan. 17.