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'Big, bold thinking'

Friday, October 20, 2000

Concept drawings for the proposed Storm Lake Community Diversity Center have been completed, and the search for major donors is set to begin as the $8-$10 million project begins to move forward.

Storm Lake architect Glen Huntington has prepared two different potential designs for the building, both of which are "impressive," according to Diversity Community Center Committee member Chuck Offenburger. The design eventually chosen will be made public later in the process.

Both designs include all of the main elements the committee hopes to see in a Diversity Community Center, Offenburger said. These include a multi-purpose arena, recreation and fitness areas, a pool or pools with one possibility being an indoor/outdoor pool arrangement, and a central diversity area for exhibits and community services to reflect the varied ethnic makeup of Storm Lake.

"The diversity core of this building is very important. This will be the area that showcases the people that are here from various places all over the world, both recent immigrants and those who came here many, many years ago," Offenburger said.

Up to four sites in the city are under consideration for the location of the community center, but the site of the former Harbor House and Faith Bible Christian Outreach Center is no longer among them. That land, once considered the front-running location due to its accessibility and lakefront location, has proven to be a disappointment.

Read the rest of this article in the 10/19 Pilot Tribune.

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