FAIRBURY, NE — A town in southeast Nebraska working to improve a building that’s served its community for almost 50 years.

“The city really thinks that we’ve got a gem there,” Mayor Spencer Brown said. “I think just giving the building a facelift will be nice for the community.”

Mayor Spencer Brown and the City of Fairbury are raising money to renovate the Fairbury Community Building. Currently the building is home to the Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging Senior Center. It also serves as an event space, youth sports practice facility and transportation hub. Fairbury Development Services Specialist Laura Bedlan says the updates will expand what they can offer.

“We’re working to open the building up and expand the use for more parties and stuff on the weekends,” Beldan said. “We’ve got a lot of interest in that. The bones and structure are really good, we just need a little update down here.”

Part of the project includes basic improvements like improved lighting, flooring and installing more energy efficient windows.

Also on the list is resurfacing the gym floor. Its location could make it a centerpiece of recreation in Fairbury.

“One of the cornerstones of any community is a community building that people can rally around,” Brown said. “Given where it’s at, in the city park, right next to the pool, right next to the ballfields, it is a big hub of that area.”

Brown says the community has raised roughly $40,000 so far. To cross everything off the list, the city needs to raise 80-100 thousand dollars. Along with private donations, the city is also seeking grants.

Those donations though act as proof of community support.

“They understand, because they’re local, they understand what that building means to the people who use it and going forward, making something very useful for the community,” Brown said.

Bedlan says they hope to start work very soon. Once the project starts, they estimate it will take about a year to complete all the work.

If you would like to make a donation to the project, you can mail a check to:

Fairbury Civic Foundation
PO Box 554, 612 D St.
Fairbury, NE 68352.

Checks should be make out to the Community Center Rehab Project. Donations to the Fairbury Civic Foundation are tax deductible. 

Donation Levels:

$1-999: Name listed on website and in the chamber newsletter

$1,000-$4,999: Name listed on website, chamber newsletter and in a newspaper ad

$5,000+: Everything in lower tiers and name on a plaque to be located in the Community Building