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Horton Community Center

City of Horton to Remodel Building for New Community Center with KAN STEP Grant

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded the City of Horton with $300,000 through the federally funded Kansas Small Town Environmental Program (KAN STEP) to remodel an existing building for a new community center. Horton will match the funding with $215,903 in volunteer labor for a total retail cost of $515,903.

The 10,150 square foot facility will be located south of the Fairgrounds in Horton. The community center will include two multi-purpose rooms, concession area with a kitchen, storage room, mechanical room and hallway entrances leading to each of the three main areas and restrooms.  Also visit the City of Horton's website at www.hortonkansas.net.

Project representative at Horton is Levi Henry, City Administrator. Grant Administration will be provided by Levi Henry. Don Marrs, DMA Architects, Salina, is the architect for the project. Kansas Rural Water Association will provide inspection services and technical assistance.

KAN STEP is a self-help program that enables small communities to make major infrastructure improvements. Local residents volunteer labor or services - termed "sweat equity" - while the Department of Commerce provides funding for technical services and materials. The result is that small communities have an opportunity to invest in projects they otherwise could not afford.

Funding for KAN STEP initiatives is provided through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The program provides federal funds to local governments for the development of viable communities by addressing their housing, public facilities, and economic development needs.