Centier donation will help with Whiting Community Center renovation
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2013 5:28PM
Updated: March 23, 2013 6:29AM
The Whiting Community Center’s renovation work will get a big boost after city officials announced $20,000 donation from Centier Bank Thursday morning.
Mayor Joseph Stahura said renovation work on the first floor should start this summer.
Whiting/Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce president Tom Dabertin said that amount brings the project to a halfway point toward the $450,000 it needs to renovate the first floor of the building, which opened in 1923.
Centier Bank regional vice president Jeremy Miller was on hand to announce the donation. The Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, Wis., started the campaign with a $150,000 matching grant.
The city is in touch with various foundations and businesses about further donations, Dabertin said.
The center, which was gift to the city from John D. Rockefeller, has undergone quite a few changes in the past six years, by replacing its clay tile roof, electrical system, heating plant, and all of its windows and doors.
After the first floor renovation is complete, the city plans to renovate and relocate its workout facilities from the second floor to the basement, where the locker rooms are currently located, Dabertin said.
The community center, which was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1980, features two gyms, a 12-lane bowling alley, a running track, an auditorium, a ballroom and an indoor swimming pool.
Staff writer Christin Nance Lazerus contributed to this report.