|Jul 17, 2012 --
For more than 13 years the community of O’Neill, Nebraska had dreamed about building a community center which could be used by all. There was a need for a place that receptions, meetings and conventions could be held. It would also be a chance for the community to bring more events to O’Neill, which would support local businesses.
USDA Rural Development provided O’Neill Development Corporation with a loan of $637,200 to start construction on a community center. Leveraged with Rural Development funding was $545,000 through fund raising, $100,000 from city sales tax, $152,000 from the O’Neill Community Improvement Fund and $30,000 from the O’Neill Chamber of Commerce.
A 14,322 square foot building located on 10 acres on the edge of O’Neill was constructed and finished by July of 2011. The community center has a large meeting room that can seat up to 522 people with a stage, a small meeting room that can seat 60 people, two board meeting rooms, a kitchen with commercial appliances and Americans with Disabilities Act accessible restrooms. The Community Center is proof that when a community joins together with one goal great things can happen.
“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.