The above image is of the community center that will be located in front of the bus barn and beside the current track. The indoor track would enclose two basketball/volleyball courts and three batting cages. (DHI Media/File photo)
The above image is of the community center that will be located in front of the bus barn and beside the current track. The indoor track would enclose two basketball/volleyball courts and three batting cages. (DHI Media/File photo)

MIDDLE POINT – After discussion in 2016 about finding a way to give back to the district, Lincolnview announced official plans to move forward with a community center with the Board of Education approving the building in February.

The nearly $5 million community center, when completed, will feature an indoor track, two basketball/volleyball courts, three batting cages, a fitness center, an athletic training room, a concession stand area, locker rooms, restrooms, a storage area and a community meeting room.

The decision of open hours, how to grant access for community members, and the scheduling of meetings in the community meeting room are yet to be determined.

During committee meetings that took place on the project, it was discussed that no new taxes would be required to build the facility and that the facility would be paid with the cash reserve balance that the district currently has.

In September, construction was already underway when the school held a ground breaking ceremony for the center and bus barn renovation project. The entire school gathered in the elementary parking lot, along with the community to celebrate with the district.

Since September, the structure has been nearly resurrected and construction continues.

During the December Board of Education meeting Superintendent Jeff Snyder gave the latest update on the building and stated that the construction crew is currently working on the first layer on the outside of the building.

Community members have been able to watch the progress on lincolnview.k12.oh.us where there is a camera that takes a photo every 15 minutes of the center.

When completed, the community center will be open to students for free and school alumni and district tax payers for a possible minimal fee for a key fob.

The community center is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.