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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Hubbard Lake Community Association President Julie Mathewson and Friends of Hubbard Lake Center President Greg Awtry discuss plans for the new community center.

HUBBARD LAKE – After decades in a cramped building previously shared with the fire department, the Hubbard Lake Community Center will be replaced with a new, larger facility that will also house the Hubbard Lake branch of the Alcona County Library .

“It’s in an old building, they only have 800 square feet, and they need more, and that’s why we’re so excited about this new building,” said Greg Awtry, president of Friends of Hubbard Lake Center. “A third of that is going to be the library.”

Fundraising has been in progress for many years and the Hubbard Lake Community Association would like to update the community on the plans for the new facility.

“We’ve been doing it for a while, but I would say we’ve really gotten serious about it over the past 10 years,” Julie Mathewson, president of the Hubbard Lake Community Association, said of the fundraiser.

The new building will be set back from the road, with a large car park in place of the current building.

News Photo by Darby Hinkley This is the current Hubbard Lake Community Center. The new center is expected to be built on the same land, set back from the road, and the old building will be demolished to make way for a large car park.

The Hubbard Lake Fire Department began in 1946, and the original fire station was built shortly thereafter at 1561 Hubert Road, where the community center is located today.

“The Hubbard Lake Community Association, Inc. was formed in 1953 to work cooperatively with the Hubbard Lake Fire Department,” Mathewson said. “At first we were primarily a fundraising arm for the fire department.”

In 2006, the Hubbard Lake Community Association started a building fund at the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan, where tax-deductible donations can be made for a new community center/library.

“When you look at our building, it’s outdated,” Mathewson said. “It’s the old fire station. Fire trucks were parked on that side,” she said, pointing west. “It’s just not energy efficient, or even electric, it’s just not up to date.”

Friends of the Hubbard Lake Center, Inc. was incorporated on April 16, 2020 and received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in July 2021, Mathewson said.

Courtesy photo The historic photo above shows the original community center, which was attached to the fire station in the late 1940s.

“Things are really starting to pick up speed here, especially last year,” she added.

“Our goal is $1 million,” Awtry said. “That’s what the early estimates are…in terms of construction costs, and right now we’re at $472,000.”

He said the past year has been great for fundraising. The annual golf tournament raised $8,000. On Giving Tuesday, they raised just over $13,000.

“It’s coming from all directions as we get closer and closer to this,” Awtry said, adding that they’ve applied for a number of grants.

They are amazed at the generosity of the community, including those from downstate who summer here.

Here is the rendering proposed by the architect of the new community center in Hubbard Lake.

They worked with an architect on the preliminary renderings. Once funding is secured, they will obtain mechanical drawings and can request construction bids for the project.

Currently, the community center is mainly used for meetings, some courses, and it can be rented out for parties or events.

The new 6,500 square foot facility will also include space that can be used for exercise classes and more, Mathewson added.

She said the current 2,600-square-foot center suffered water damage last year, which set them back several months, but it’s been cleaned up and is usable for now. It has been refreshed with new paint and new flooring.

“It looks inviting now,” she added. “We know we still have to be in a new building, but that’s enough…and we thought it was important to maintain this building until we could build the new one.”

For more information and updates, visit Hubbard Lake Community Association/Friends of the Hubbard Lake Center on Facebook.

Their main fundraising season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They hope for new memberships and sell bracelets at various places.

Thanks to the generosity of Hickory Dickory Docks, the Hubbard Lake Community Association is offering a chance to win a new 50-foot aluminum Sure-Step dock with a 10-by-12-foot platform, stairs and bench, a value of $12,614.

Tickets are only $10 each or 4 for $20. The draw will take place at noon on Saturday, July 9. The second prize is $250 and the third prize is $100. You don’t have to be present to win.

Tickets are available from Board Members, Hubbard Lake Farmers Market on May 28, South Shore Party Store, Hubbard Lake General Store and Abram Realty.

To donate, write checks to Friends of the Hubbard Lake Center and mail to PO Box 55, Hubbard Lake, MI 49747. Call 989-464-3936 for more information.

The association meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.

“It will be a great asset to the community of Hubbard Lake,” Awtry added of the new community center.

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