Battell Center Ribbon Cutting October 10
Mayor Dave Wood and Parks Superintendent, Phil Blasko, announce the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly renovated Battell Community Center. The ceremony will take place at the facility located at 904 N. Main St, on Monday, October 10th at 5:30 pm. Facility tours will follow the ceremony until 6:45pm and a showing of the Wizard of Oz in the Auditorium at will begin at 7:00 pm.
Built in 1900, the east portion of the building functioned as Battell Elementary School with the west portion being added in 1920. The east end was eventually converted into apartments owned and operated by the Mishawaka Housing Authority. Purchasing the facility for $1.00 in 1982, the City of Mishawaka turned the west end into a community center which has become a thriving place for classes, recreation, theater, music and other art-related activities.
In 2015, the City began a three million dollar renovation project that included historically appropriate replacement windows, extensive HVAC, electrical and plumbing improvements, and auditorium updates which included bringing the balcony up to code allowing it to be occupied again. The most visible feature of the renovation was the creation of a formal, marquee style entry on the north side of the building. Funds for the project came from the City’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District with a portion of the project financed through the Mishawaka Bond Bank.
“Not only am I pleased that we were able to give this historic building many improvements that will extend its life and allow it to be more energy efficient but now our public will find the facility more inviting and accessible than ever," commented Mayor Wood. "This newly renovated facility gives us the capability of hosting many new and unique park programs that will improve the quality of life in the Princess City.”
The public is welcome to attend the ribbon cutting and enjoy facility tours and the movie showing immediately after the ceremony.