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September 21, 2017 And the walls came tumbling down...
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Bricks showered down with a crash after what seemed like just a tap with an excavator, and just like that the old Kalona Community Center was no more.

Crews tore down the 81-year old building over two days, from Sept. 14-15. Erected as the Kalona High School in 1936, the building eventually came to be used as the Community Center residents remember, City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said.

“Everything’s going well so far,” Schlabaugh said. “After they get done cleaning up, crews are going to do a little bit of infrastructure work, then they’ll work on putting footing in.”

Schlabaugh said the plan was to have the new community center done by the middle of next summer, in either July or Aug. he said.

“The new Center will be a pre-engineered structure,” Schlabaugh said. “Crews will start doing footing and putting some walls up in Oct. and the steel structure should be delivered by mid Nov.”

The project was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority in April. The grant was contingent on the City of Kalona raising $100,000 in private fundraising.

The new building will be much larger, and more accessible than the previous community center, he said.

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