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The Dansville Online
  • Dansville Community Center takes shape

  • After about five years of planning, fundraising and elbow grease, Dansville Community Center is on its final stretch of construction.

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  • After about five years of planning, fundraising and elbow grease, Dansville Community Center is on its final stretch of construction.
    The soon-to-be community center will be in the former Rogers and Tenbrook’s store on West Avenue, between Dansville Foursquare Church and Hayabusa Martial Arts.
    Foursquare Pastor Shawn Harnish said that when Rogers and Tenbrooks notified the church, who owns the building, that it was going to be consructing a facility of its own several years ago, the church council immediately began discussing what it should do with that space.
     “The more we prayed about it and sought God, we really felt like it was time to go after a vision that’s been here a long time,” Harnish said.
    That vision was to simply bless the community, and not necessarily in a  strictly religious format.
    Harnish said the church took its time to think through what the community seemed to need, and how to design it to fit the space.
    “We did our homework, got the plans drawn out...talked to the experts,” he said.
    As for the costs, the church decided it did not want to go into debt incurring loans for the construction. The only costs for the project have been in materials. All of the labor has been done through the efforts of church volunteers. Harnish said construction began at least a year ago.
    Through fundraising efforts and a $20,000 matching grant from the Foursquare denomination, more than $50,000 has been raised for the center so far.
    “It’s fantastic. It’s far exceeded my expectations,”?Harnish said about the fundraising, adding that the $30,000 raised locally says a lot about the generosity and vision of the community.  
    Harnish said that through frugal spending, there is enough money left over to get everything ready to open by fall.
    Although a tentative opening date was slated for this month, Harnish said many of his volunteers employed in the construction business are in full swing now, and are not as readily available to help. But he said it looks promising for the center to open in September.
    The plans are for the center to be a place for people of all ages to come and enjoy a snack bar, table games, TVs, sofas,  wi-fi, and a cozy fireplace.
    Harnish said it’s designed to be similar to a college student center.
    He also plans on having the center open mornings for senior citizens.
    There will also be two classroom spaces open for community use, which will also be used for the church’s own Christian educational programs such as Sunday school and mid-week Bible studies.
    Page 2 of 2 - Once the community center is up and running, Harnish said he would like to see the former Rogers and Tenbrook’s lumber warehouse converted into a gym as an expansion for the center. Harnish said it would be    nice to also house concerts in there.
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