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Ribbon cutting to celebrate new center

The former Samuels Public Library building
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The old Samuels Public Library in Front Royal has become the site of the new Warren County community center. Rich Cooley/Daily file

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Warren County officials, speakers to hold community ceremony Monday

By Linwood Outlaw III-loutlaw@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week to celebrate the recent grand opening of the county's new community center.

The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the 10,716-square-foot building at 538 Villa Ave. The ceremony will feature remarks from speakers, including schools
Superintendent Pamela McInnis, members of the Board of Supervisors and Rep. Frank
R. Wolf, R-10th, who was instrumental in helping the county obtain federal funding that covered most of the expenses for the renovation project.

Wolf, according to a news release, was the "driving force" behind Warren County being awarded a $246,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration and another grant totaling $445,500 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"We are extremely excited about seeing this project come to completion," County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley says in a statement. "We extend our most sincere thank you to the Warren County Board of Supervisors and to Representative Wolf for their commitment to see this project through. We definitely see this facility being in high demand and we look forward to the many new programs that our Parks and Recreation Department and public school system will now be able to provide within the additional space."

The community center officially opened on Jan. 3, about three months later than originally projected.

The facility was initially slated for early October grand opening. However, there were some delays in providing electrical service for the building, which will be used by the Parks and Recreation Department and Warren County Public Schools.

The opening of the community center also was pushed back as part of budget cuts that were implemented to help balance the county's more than $83 million spending plan for the current fiscal year.

Renovations at the building began in November 2009, but work was stopped temporarily after officials discovered mold.

The facility has been modified to include a music room, three small classrooms, a computer lab, two large classrooms and an assembly room.

Support spaces also were added, including a lobby area, two private offices, an open office area with five workstations, and a break room.

Residents and community groups who want more information about the community center or are interested in reserving meeting rooms can call 635-1021. The community center will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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