- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - Construction is underway in a southeast Missouri county seat on a new community center that will also serve as a shelter when tornadoes threaten.

KFVS-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1sKg4Fp ) residents and officials of Jackson took part Wednesday in groundbreaking for the 23,000-square-foot Jackson Community Center. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping fund the $5.7 million project.

The single-story building will include a large gymnasium that will also serve as a FEMA safe room. The center will also have banquet halls, office space, a conference room and a catering kitchen.

Mayor Barbara Lohr says the community center will attract sporting events to Jackson, which is the seat of Cape Girardeau County.

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Information from: KFVS-TV, https://www.kfvs12.com

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