Templeton Mayor Ken Behrens Monday said a $1.4 million fundraising drive for renovation of the former Sacred Heart School into a community center has surpassed the $1 million threshold.
As of Monday morning the campaign had reached $1,050,000. The city will bid the project after the first of the year with an eye toward a Jan. 1, 2014 opening of a facility Behrens expects to be a regional draw.
“We intend for it to be state-of-the-art,” Behrens said. “In Templeton we are very forward-thinking.”
A signature feature of the community center will be a banquet hall. Restrooms will be expanded and modernized and the kitchen updated. The facility is now asbestos-free following a $62,000 removal project.
The Templeton Community Center is expected to have a 700-person capacity making it one of the larger venues in the Carroll area, Behrens said.
Behrens updated the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on the city project during a meeting Monday morning in which he requested $20,000 in county funding.
“I am strongly in favor of this,” said Supervisor Marty Danzer.
Supervisor Neil Bock said the timing of the request is good as the board is the early stages of budget work for next fiscal year.
“A lot of blood and sweat” from the local community is behind the project, said Supervisor Gene Meiners, a former mayor of Templeton.
Sacred Heart School was built in 1964. The Sioux City Diocese closed it in 2003 as part of a consolidation of Carroll-area Catholic schools to the Kuemper Catholic School System. The City of Templeton now owns the school property after purchasing it for $1. Sacred Heart Parish has special-use considerations under the transfer agreement.