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Marshalltown raising money to renovate community center

March 15, 2019

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown has begun a fundraising campaign to help renovate a 90-year-old community center damaged by a tornado last summer.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser said Thursday that city leaders want to raise $1.35 million to supplement insurance money, grants and other funds being amassed for the $3.6 million project.

Renovations at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will include adding a second full-size gymnasium, adding rentable space for meetings and community events, and installing an elevator and restrooms.

Construction on the center started in 1928 with a $125,000 bond approved by Marshalltown voters. It was used as a gym for the high school until 1965 and as training quarters for the Iowa National Guard before World War II.