City to move forward with community storm shelter

From staff and press reports

The city of Louisville has been approved for the first phase of a community center safe room.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill announced the FEMA approval for the first phase of design and engineering for a Tornado Safe Room Community Center Monolithic Dome in the August 18 regular aldermen meeting.

The projected 12,000 foot structure is projected to cost around $3 million when completed and the city would be responsible for 10 percent of the cost with FEMA paying for 90 percent of the cost in most cases of hazsard mitigation funding.

The structure would serve as a storm shelter for up to 2,500 persons and could be used as a community center when not serving as a shelter.

The city hopes to build the facility close to Louisville and Fair Elementary to help provide a secure storm shelter for all the students if a storm occurred while school was in.

Bids to complete the design and engineering will be accepted until Sept. 10.

According to FEMA, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of loss of life and property

The project is funded under a similar grant that the Louisville Municipal School District received for the Nanih Waiya Storm Shelter/Cafeteria.