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Posted on: March 23, 2018

First Option Bank awards grant to City

Civic Center Grant 2018

The Spring Hill Civic Center revitalization just received a monumental step up.

The City of Spring Hill was awarded a $106,000 grant from the First Option Bank Trusteed Foundations: Velma Kelly Foundation and C. Lyman and Ingrid Smith Foundation at the March 22 City Council meeting at the Spring Hill Community Center, 613 S. Race St., Spring Hill.

First Option Bank — which has several locations throughout Miami and Linn County — presented a check to the City Council, Mayor Steven Ellis, Public Works Administrative Assistant Dora Davison and Parks Superintendent Ryan Crowley at the meeting. Davison and Crowley worked tirelessly for several months on the grant process for the Civic Center, which sees about 15,000 visitors per year.

“This gift will provide wonderful opportunities for the City of Spring Hill’s residents,” Crowley said. “Personal and professional relationships are crucial for the continued development for our City. The generous donation from First Option Bank Trusteed Foundations, Velma Kelly Foundation and C. Lyman and Ingrid Smith Foundation, will provide a higher quality of living for our community. Dora and I personally thank Blake Heid, Kathy Lovig, Chad Lewis, Sharon Meek and Keri Peterson.”

The City plans to purchase equipment for activities in the gymnasium and perform a complete remodel on the unique performing arts stage, Crowley said.

Named after former educators, both trusts saw value in the nearly $3 million renovation of the Spring Hill Civic Center, which is a decades-old former school building. The Civic Center now houses City Hall, Municipal Court, City Council chambers and numerous community spaces including the gymnasium and stage.

The gymnasium — which previously had to be closed for half the year due to a lack of air conditioning — is a major portion of the project and will feature upgrades such as new flooring and bleachers, a heating and air conditioning system and the addition of audiovisual equipment incorporated into the gym’s unique stage to enhance performances and allow conference-style presentations.

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