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$190K windfall for Dublin Community Center

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  • An architectural drawing of the front, south facing, side of the Dublin Community Center shows first-level access to the building events and a second floor where two apartments will be renovated.
  • This architectural drawing by Architect Scott Swanson shows the east side of the community center, after renovations.

DUBLIN — Thanks to a $90,000 gift from the Dublin Community Church, anonymous donors have come forward with an additional $100,000 for the town’s Main Street Community Center. The influx of funds will allow construction, to complete the center’s first floor, to begin this summer, according to Dublin Community Center Trustee Nancy Cayford.

“This is a wonderful leap of faith for the church,” Cayford told the Ledger-Transcript on Tuesday. “We thank them so much for their forward thinking and generosity.”

Because of the church’s donation, Cayford said the community center will receive a matching donation of approximately $100,000 from anonymous donors. The $190,000 means that the church can complete phase two of its construction project by fall and begin using the first floor to host multi-generational events, Cayford said. In 2011, a new roof was put on the historic building as well as other improvements, as part of phase one of the three-phase construction project.

The total cost of all three phases — which includes money for a new roof, heating system, septic, renovation of two apartments, architectural fees and taxes — is expected to cost at least $600,000, Cayford said. With the recent donations, she said, the trustees have raised $511,000 so far.

Sunday, the Dublin Community Church had a special congregational meeting to approve the $90,000 grant donation, according to Cayford. It was soon after that that the community center received the wonderful news about the matching funds, she said.

Bill Goodwin, chair of the Board of Trustees for Main Street’s Dublin Community Church, could not be reached by press time Wednesday. In January, he told the Ledger-Transcript that the church was excited about the prospect of renting the community center for its Sunday school activities, once the center is operational.

Cayford spoke about the collaboration on Tuesday, saying that the community center is planning to dedicate space for the church’s Sunday school.

The community center trustees purchased the building in September 2009. Built in the 1840s and then added onto in the 1850s, the building located between Yankee Publishing Inc. and the Dublin Community Church on Main Street, was one of the town’s stores for 140 years. It is the former Dublin General Store — now located down the street — and home of the late Charles L. Burt and Phyllis S. Burt, who owned and ran the store up until the 1980s. In 2009, beneficiaries of the Charles L. Burt and Phyllis S. Burt Trust — Dublin’s Police Department and Fire Department, Dublin Community Church, Monadnock Community Hospital, the American Red Cross in Keene and the Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey — agreed to a $90,000 purchase price offered by the group intending to restore the building for use as a community center.

Since 2009, the trustees have been raising money and working on a number of construction projects, including the removal of lead paint and the installation of a new roof. The trustees plan to use the building as a cultural center and will have two apartments for rent on the second floor.

“By completing the apartments, that will provide income to us for the running of the community center,” Cayford said.

Scott Swanson of Swanson Architects in Peterborough is finalizing the community center’s architectural plans for the first floor this week, and is slated to put the project out to bid as soon as possible, Cayford said.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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