The Prairie City Community Building got a fresh look for the new year. Thanks to funds from a Paint Iowa Beautiful grant totaling $167, the city was able to spruce up the often used building with a new coat of paint for the walls and doors.
“It was a project we have been talking about doing for a while. It just happened there was a grant program available so we jumped right on top of it,” city administrator Joe Bartello said. “Through the Paint Iowa Beautiful grant we were able to buy five gallons of paint for the community building.”
Alan Birkenholtz of Birkenholtz Painting completed the job in December and the building is once again open to the public for use. From the floor to the ceiling, the walls and doors shine with a clean, fresh look.
Painting isn’t the only project the city is looking into for the community building, located at 503 S. State St. Bartello said the floors and windows are also on the docket for the community space.
“We’ve got a couple of things we want to start to updating in the building,” Bartello said. “Our next project will be redoing the floor.”
Bartello said they have been researching tile options along with painting the flooring with a coating that is often used in garages. In the future, the city is also looking to put in new windows throughout the structure.
“We’re in the process of getting the whole building cleaned,” Bartello said. “It gets used on a fairly regular basis.”
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