PRIMGHAR—The Primghar Community Building will be closed for a few months next year as the structure’s restrooms undergo a remodeling project.
Clara Black, who chairs the board of directors that oversees the building, explained the old restrooms will be torn out and replaced with larger spaces that will be accessible for people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.
The plan is to close the building at the end of January, with the targeted completion date for the remodeling project by the start of April. The anticipated cost could range $20,000-$35,000.
“But that is a guesstimate only,” Black said.
Instead of doors, the restrooms will have a common entrance that splits one direction for the men’s room and another for the women’s room.
Each restroom also will have an accessible stall for people who use wheelchairs and a baby-changing station for parents, which are features the existing restrooms do not have.
The building’s five-member board already has received a $10,000 grant for the project from the O’Brien County Community Foundation and has held fundraisers to generate additional money.
Board members hosted an omelet brunch at the building on Sunday, Oct. 27, that drew a crowd of about 225 people. There was no set cost for the meal, but attendees could make donations that would go toward the remodeling project.
“Our community has been generally very supportive of these kinds of things, and we find that freewill is the best way to go,” Black said of the donations.
She was not sure how much money the brunch raised for the project, since part of the amount had yet to be deducted from a bill payment for the building.
Although the structure has been privately owned and operated since it was first constructed about 37 years ago, Black explained the board that oversees it recently began leasing it to the city of Primghar to help pay for some of the operating expenses.
“That’s going to be very helpful,” Black said.
Construction work and materials for the project will mostly be provided by local businesses, such as Neal Chase Lumber Co., B&K Plumbing & Heating and Shea’s True Value Hardware Store.
“It’s kind of exciting for us to have a nice project to work on,” Black said.
This story was originally published in the Nov. 2 edition of The South O'Brien Sun.