Residents invited to Lander Community Center groundbreaking on July 23

(Lander, Wyo.) – The City of Lander has announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lander Community Center is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23.

Community Resource Coordinator Gary Michaud made the announcement, calling it an “historic event.”

“We’re just glad to get it moving,” Mayor Mick Wolfe said in a brief interview. He said the future structure will be “an important addition” to the city.

The community is invited attend the groundbreaking held at the construction site, which is the same location as the previous community center.

Lander’s original community center was destroyed in a June 2012 fire. The fire reportedly began with a light on the front porch of the structure.

In a 5-1 vote, the Lander City Council on June 25 awarded the more than $5.3 million construction to Sehnert Systems Inc. of Riverton. Councilor Buddy Spriggs voted against awarding the bid, and Councilor Dick Hudson was not in attendance. (Read more about the bid award here.)

The city received $1.3 million from insurance as a result of the fire. Since beginning fundraising earlier this year, the city has raised more than $1 million from local fundraising. Opportunities for the general public to participate will be opened in the coming weeks. Staff hopes to receive at least $250,000 from Fremont County CIMPL program. $1,455,000 in grants have been received and $250,000 in loans secured. Anticipating being able to raise another $500,000 from local fundraising, more than $4.7 million is expected to be available for the project, leaving a little more than $1 million to be funded by the city.