The City of Marathon will receive a $400,000 check Monday, Oct. 25 from the USDA Rural Development fund to help with renovation of the Community Center.
Dr. Dan Brown, state director of the USDA Rural Development, will present the check which includes a $50,000 grant and a $350,000 loan to help with demolition and remodeling of the building damaged last spring by strong winds.
Dr. Brown is a decorated Vietnam veteran with five purple hearts. He is known as an exciting and inspirational speaker.
The city did emergency roof repairs at a cost of $13,000. However, due to the deteriorated condition of the 1927 portion of the building, the city's insurance carrier has declined to continue insurance except for liability. The city plans to raze the older portion of the building but retain the newer portion built in the 1960s where the city offices and current Community Center are located. The city plans to join City Hall, library, shop, First Responders, and the fire department by razing the older portion of the building and constructing a new addition east of the current stage area in the auditorium. Once remodeling is complete, the city's insurance policy should be substantially reduced.
There will also be a potato and ice cream bar from 5-7 p.m. as a fund-raiser for the building.
The public is invited. The Community Building is located at 306 West Attica Street in Marathon.