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Prairie Township

Ground broken for new community center

Prairie Township trustees and other dignitaries broke ground Nov. 21 for a new community recreation center that will be built at West Broad Street and Rockbrook Crossing.

The $10-million facility, designed by Moody Nolan, will be approximately 40,000 square feet in size and will include a fitness area, climbing wall, multipurpose rooms, a gym, a leisure pool, an indoor track for walking and jogging and an outdoor "sprayground."

It will also be the new home of the Prairie Township Senior Center. The township will pay for the project with money collected from a Joint Economic Development Zone that residents approved in 2011. It allows the township to collect an income tax from the business district along West Broad Street.

The new community center is expected to open in the spring of 2015 and to create at least six full-time jobs and about 30 part-time jobs, with an annual payroll of $600,000.

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