The weather may have slowed the construction of the new American Legion building, but the project will be back underway soon.
American Legion Commander Lance Carr updated the progress of the new construction and thanked the community for its help in a statement.
“The new building seems to be the subject of many conversations throughout the community,” Carr said. “We appreciate all the positive comments and thought we would give an update of the project.”
According to Carr, the winter weather has delayed construction, but he expects it to begin again soon.
“Despite the slight delay, the Building Committee has done an awesome job in working with the contractors and keeping the project within budget,” he said.
Carr said that the new building has been a community effort, including financing for the project from the First National Bank in Okawville and offers of support from other local businesses.
“Many businesses and individuals are asking how they can donate to the project,” Carr said. “The Legion greatly appreciates all charitable donations, both large and small.”
The American Legion is raising funds by selling engraved bricks that will be displayed in the landscaping to recognize those who have donated to the project.
Donations of between $100 and $1,000 will be good for a brick that is four inches by eight inches. Anyone who donates between $1,000 and $2,500 will have an eight-inch by eight-inch brick, and donations of more than $2,500 will be good for a 12-inch by 12-inch brick.
Those interested in supporting the project can donate at the Legion Hall. Brochures and a website with more details on the engraved bricks will be available soon.
For now, the American Legion is just waiting for the weather to break so the work can get going again.
“We remain on schedule and anticipate taking occupancy of the building by May,” Carr said. “Thank you for your continued support in this endeavor.Our goal is to have a new Legion Home that the community will be proud of.”