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June 19, 2014

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Page A-12 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 19, 2014 q: eleorating a peak at rising Transit-Community Center Jan. 25 opening scheduled By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty, com The topping of the steel frame at the rising Transit-Community Center will be celebrated with a ceremony at noon June 27 at 601 W. Franklin St. in downtown Shelton. The center, which will be operated by Mason Transit Authority, is sched- uled to open Jan. 25 at the site of the old National Guard armory building. The center will serve as a transpor- tation hub for bus riders, cyclers and pedestrians. It is designed to accommodate pub- lic gatherings, classes, social agencies, technology training and as a disaster relief shelter. The center was spotlighted at a State of the Community event June 13 at Mason General Hospital, sponsored by the Shelton-Mason County Cham- ber of Commerce. The forum included presentations by representatives of the hospital, Ma- son County PUD 3 and MTA. The MTA presentation was given by Mike Olsen, a member of the MTA board and a Shelton City commission- er. The center is "by far our biggest deal to date," Olsen said. Olsen highlighted some of MTA's numbers: a service area of 800 square miles, 80 employees and 76 buses and vans. Last year, drivers drove almost 1.3 million miles. MTA projects a revenue of $13.7 million this year, which is what it will spend; the agency is required to have a balanced budget, Olsen said. The Transit-Community Center began in 2006 with the surplus pur- Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Workers last week erect the skeleton of the Transit-Community Center, which is projected to open in January at 601 W. Franklin St. in downtown Shelton. chase of the 57-year-old building from the National Guard. Two years later, the state gave a $235,000 Community Project grant for an engineering/design study that determined the building is a good candidate for renovation and preservation. In 2011, MTA was awarded a $3.28 million Federal Transit Administra- tion grant to complete the project. Build your own custom 6-pack of craft beers and SAVE 10%! !!iiii!iii!ii,i,ii!iiii!iiiiiii!:i,i I your own custom 6-pack of wine and SAVE 10%!