Over 400 bricks on the west wall of the Community Center have names inscribed on them. Names can still be requested in 2017 to be inscribed on a brick(s) that will become part of this beautiful “Community Wall”. Parts I and II of the brick fund raising project were a great success!
In October 2009, the City of Lebanon applied for $397,014 through CDBG for a new Community Center.
In January 2010 the City was awarded that amount in full. Lebanon was one of only 14 Kansas communities to receive funds to be used specifically for public facilities. These 14 communities shared approximately $3,515,000 awarded by the CDBG for 2010.
The KS Department of Commerce is the department that distributes these monies allotted to each state by HUD.
The new 50′ x 80′ Community Center is located just south of the post office. The U.S. Center Foundation acquired all the properties in this location in 2007 and 2008. Private funds were received to clean up 5 dilapidated buildings in the location. After the CDBG was awarded, the Foundation donated the cleaned up lots to the city of Lebanon for the construction of the Community Center.
This beautiful facility was built totally debt free and under budget. No loans or bonds to pay back. Wilson & Co, Inc. of Salina was the Architectural firm and SBA of Wichita was the General Contractor for construction of this new facility. 25 local volunteers primed and painted all the interior walls to save money. The project was completed in November 2011.