UPDATE: Sheldon Gets $840k Grant For Proposed Events Center

Date posted - March 10, 2016

Events Center 8Sheldon, Iowa — The Events Center that is proposed to be built in the Sheldon Crossing Addition in the eastern part of the city is $840-thousand dollars closer to being financed after the announcement yesterday of a grant from Vision Iowa.

The City had applied for the grant several weeks ago, and the Vision Iowa Committee met Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to discuss the various grant applications received, and award grants based upon those grant applications.  City Manager Scott Wynja attended the Vision Iowa meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to lobby on behalf of Sheldon’s grant application.  The $840-thousand dollar grant approved at Wednesday’s meeting was $58-thousand less than the $898-thousand the City had requested, but City Manager Scott Wynja says the City is pleased with the grant amount.

Wynja describes the proposed facility.

Wynja says they anticipate the facility would open next year.

The proposed Events Center is estimated to cost approximately $5.3-million dollars to construct and furnish.  The City has already received pledges and donations of nearly $1-million to be used for construction of such a facility.

A public hearing on the proposed Events Center will be held later this spring by the Sheldon City Council, with bid letting on the project expected later this spring, as well.  Construction could begin as early as this fall.

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