Finish line visible at Finland centerConstruction at the Clair Nelson Intermodal Center in Finland is humming along and construction is expected to be finished by November.
Construction at the Clair Nelson Intermodal Center in Finland is humming along and construction is expected to be finished by November.
Honor Schauland, director of Friends of the Finland Community and the coordinator for the project, said the walls and tresses are up and interior work will begin soon. She couldn’t set a definitive completion date because of various delays that have happened during the process. The initial fund-raising for the project began in 2003.
Schauland projected people will be able to use the space in late winter or early spring.
The finished building, with a final price tag of about $1.5 million, will be 10,000 square-feet and will serve as a community center for Finland with a community kitchen, a multipurpose performance space, two meeting rooms, a trail head center and a government building for Crystal Bay Township.
“It’s coming along good now,” said Lee Davis, Crystal Bay Township supervisor.
Davis said Crystal Bay’s documents are being stored in the basement of the township clerk’s home. He said documents going back to 1907, when the township was organized, are stored there.
Finland has no community center since the old recreation building was torn down in 2007 to make way for the new center.
“Finland has a lot of events to celebrate its history,” Davis said, but no adequate building to celebrate them in.
Schauland said $100,000 is still needed for funding the project.
In March, during a visit from Rep. Jim Oberstar at St. Urho Day, the community celebrated raising $280,000 for the project that includes $800,000 in federal money.
The Friends group, formed in 2007, is “a group of citizens who realized [they] could help carry on the momentum started by the comprehensive planning process and work towards making the community’s vision a reality,” its Web site states.
The building is designed for low maintenance with insulating double-wall construction, tri-pane windows, and a geothermal heating and cooling system. Preliminary estimates show that it will utilize 50-percent less energy than a conventional community center.
The center is being named after the late county commissioner Clair Nelson, who died in 2007.
If you would like to make a donation to the Clair Nelson Intermodal Center, visit www.friends