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By Scotty McDaniel

The plans for a “City Center” in Shelbyville created quite the stir of excitement when they were revealed last month.

Leon Mooneyhan, Chief Executive Officer of Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), presented the known details and artwork to a Stratton Center packed with more than 100 locals in September, none of whom showed anything but optimism as feedback.

Since then, Mooneyhan said he has spent most of his time working behind the scenes on two fronts.

“For one thing, I’ve been working with the potential partners to move forward on planning the facility,” he said. “The other thing that I’m wanting to discuss with the partners is how we put an entity together to do the project, and decisions like what entity will actually operate the property or will we create a 501(c)(3)?”

This early in the planning he said nobody is going to jump blindly on board, but he has said that none of the potential partners have said they don’t want to be a part of the project.

“Until we get a little more meat on the bones, it’s unfair to think anybody will commit to it. We just need to flush out details, because we have a lot of interest,” he said.

At the public presentation last month Mooneyhan revealed plans for the $9.2 million structure that would be constructed at the corner of 8th and Main Streets, incorporating all existing facilities except the downtown branch of Citizens Union Bank.

The plans include 5,730 square feet of conference and presentation space capable of holding up to 200 people with the ability to divide the space into four breakout rooms.

The largest chunk of the plan is a 13,770-square-foot, 300-seat theater, complete with stadium seating, an orchestra pit and high ceilings to allow for easy set transitions.

An 11,200-square-foot lobby outside the theater would have high ceilings with windows allowing for natural light to enter.