Sep 15, 2020 9:59 AM

Lucas to build new community center including library, municipal offices

Posted Sep 15, 2020 9:59 AM

TOPEKA — U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Kansas Lynne Hinrichsen has announced that USDA is investing $265,300 to renovate a community center in the city of Lucas.

“Modern, safe community infrastructure is essential for rural communities to thrive,” Hinrichsen said. “Whether it’s a safe and accessible library or facilities for public and civic meetings, rural communities rely on modern infrastructure to invigorate and serve their town and public. Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand, USDA is dedicated to rural communities like Lucas and their long-term commitments to economic prosperity; because when rural America prospers, all of America prospers.”

(Photo courtesy city of Lucas)
(Photo courtesy city of Lucas)

Background

The city of Lucas will use a $222,300 loan and a $43,000 grant to purchase and renovate an existing vacant building to house a community center, public library, municipal offices, wellness equipment, and recreation room for public meetings and events.

The library is currently housed in a building constructed in 1920 with deteriorating floors, limited space for children’s activities and patron privacy, and is not accommodating to individuals with disabilities. The existing municipal space is experiencing similar issues.

The new facility will provide infrastructure for disabled individuals, larger spaces for privacy and security and a communal space for the nearly 400 residents of Lucas.

The investment is in coordination with the recent announcement by Deputy Under Secretary Brand that USDA is funding 44 projects in the following states: Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

These investments were made through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program and can be used to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. Interested parties should contact their local Kansas office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants for a detailed overview of the application process.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ks. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.