Center plan emerging

Monday, November 20, 2000

$8-10 million Diversity Community Center idea has taken shape; more people and ideas needed for project.

The proposal for a multi-million-dollar Storm Lake Diversity Community Center is all about networking - to be exact, the way various cultures have come together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to form a complete community.

Networking will be required to turn the concept into brick and mortar, too, organizers say.

"We need to find a way to put more emphasis on getting more people involved," said Chuck Offenburger, a member of the volunteer community center committee. "Now is a good time if people have any ideas about pulling this project all together, we would really like to hear from them."

Networking will be needed also to bring the funding for the building into the realm of reality.

Final touches are being made to conceptual drawings of what a Diversity Community Center may look like, drawing on the expertise of local architect Glen Huntington. The committee hopes to be able to unveil those designs to the local public within a few weeks. "We are also getting our presentation together so we can take it out to corporations and foundations and encourage their support for the idea," Offenburger said.

Read the rest of this article in the 11/18 Pilot Tribune.

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