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Jackson officials break ground on multi-million dollar community, safe room

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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Dozens of Jackson, Missouri community members and officials came out and took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Jackson Community Center and FEMA Safe Room on Wednesday morning.

Soil was shoveled as Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr, along with other community members, took park in breaking ground for a 23,300 square foot, one-story building that will benefit the city of Jackson in many ways.

The project was awarded on Sept. 22 by the mayor and board of aldermen to Brockmiller Construction, Inc. of Farmington, Mo., in the amount of $5,677,100.

The building of this center and safe room is expected to be complete by October of 2015.

Included in this building will be a FEMA safe room/gymnasium with two basketball courts, walking track and more. Also included will be banquet halls, catering kitchen, office space, restrooms, conference room and more.

Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr said this is a must for the city of Jackson.

"Not only will this be a fun place to come to for the Jackson community and surrounding area, but this will bring sporting events here as well," said Lohr.

Lohr also said they have had a lot of support from the citizens of Jackson as they approved a tax increase to help make this possible.

This facility is also expected to benefit the city of Jackson by bringing in more revenue for the city.

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