O'Neill, Nebraska, Oct 17, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul and staff joined the residents of the City of O’Neill, Nebraska today for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the O’Neill Community Center.
“Communities need a place to congregate for meetings and special occasions. Such facilities enrich the lives of those it serves. Rural Development is proud to be a partner in this great asset,” said Moul.
“The community center has been a dream of the community for the last 13 years. It has been a combined effort of the City of O'Neill, Chamber of Commerce, and all of the other civic organizations. The people of O'Neill have stepped up to the plate and donated very generously toward this project. We are very proud of our facility,” said President Rich McIntosh, Executive Board of the O’Neill Community Center.
USDA Rural Development is providing a $750,000 loan to the O’Neill Development Corporation to build a 14,322 square foot, pre-engineered facility with a capacity to hold up to 522 people. The facility will have a large meeting room with a raised platform/stage, acoustical ceiling and commercial sound system. The facility will also have a smaller room with a capacity of 60 along with two other smaller board/meeting rooms allowing the facility to host more than one group at a time. A kitchen will be available for use by the public.
Other funding sources are $545,000 from fund raising, $152,000 from the O’Neill Community Improvement Fund, $100,000 from City Sales Tax, and $30,000 from the O’Neill Chamber.
USDA Rural Development funding was made possible through the Community Facility Loan program. Loan terms are 30 years at a four percent rate of interest. For more information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne.