Plans move forward for Tolson Center renovation

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Plans to improve the Tolson Center are moving forward.

Back in March, the City of Elkhart agreed to pay $5-million toward the cost of tearing down, and rebuilding, the center on Benham Avenue.

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The project will cost $11-million in total, with the remaining $6-million anticipated to come from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, private donations and grants, according to The Elkhart Truth.

Once the center is rebuilt, it will no longer be operated by the City of Elkhart but by a not-for-profit that will be paid by the city to run it. It’s expected to cost the city $700,000 each year.

Construction is expected to begin next year, with committees currently focusing on specific aspects of the project, including buildings, park design, programming and more.

The board is looking for volunteers to be part of the committees. Those interested can contact the organization by emailing


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