Renovations underway in Elma
Thu, 03/25/2021 - 10:40am admin
ELMA - “What A Great Week! The Elma Community Complex committee has been informed they will be receiving a $4,120 Child Care Challenge Fund and $111,884 from Investing in Iowa’s Child Care Fund. The ECC was also granted a $3,965 grant from Elma Area Community Foundation and a $15,000 grant from the Howard County Community Foundation,” stated committee member Erin Ludwig.
“Fundraising during COVID has presented some challenges but we are still focused on raising 1.2 million. It is a fund-raising marathon, not a sprint. To date, we have $834,967 committed to the project. The ECC Committee is hopeful that as more people see the progress that has been made and how it will impact our community, they will consider joining in supporting this worthy community project.”
The Elma Community Complex (ECC) project is a multi-phase community betterment project focused on expanding medical, daycare and library services for the area and is being done in phases as funding allows.
The Child Care Challenge Fund and Investing in Iowa’s Child Care Fund, in support of the daycare addition, allows for the construction to begin later this spring or early summer.
The daycare will be adding a larger infant room onto the existing daycare and repurposing the current infant room into a three year-old-preschool. The addition to the daycare will expand its capacity up to 16 infants and provide for more ease in separating infants, toddlers and school age kids.
The Elma Early Childhood Center continues to have a waiting list. “If we want young families to continue to live here, we need to provide the daycare services and amenities that they need. This is what this project is all about—from medical services to daycare to library,” shared Bruce Weigel, committee member. He was also quick to add how the whole community can benefit from employers to senior citizens.
Renovations on the multi-purpose community room in the former gymnasium is being worked on now. The handicapped-accessible multi-purpose community room with kitchenette will be used for library programming for youth and adults, community meetings and gatherings (city council meetings, family gatherings, etc.) The multi-purpose room will have a capacity of around 50 people.
The first phase was the deconstruction of the elementary school while the second phase was the completion of the Regional Health Services of Howard County Elma Medical Clinic building. Both of these phases are completed.
The third phase involves renovating a portion of the former gym into a community room and city clerk’s office; the fourth phase involves adding an addition on to the daycare; and finally, the fifth phase is renovating the remaining portion of the gym into a library and then wrap up the project with finishing the parking lot and landscaping.
For more information please contact Shannon Gebel, Elma City Clerk, at 641-393-2543. You may also visit elmaia.com and the Elma, Iowa Facebook page.