As of Thursday afternoon, he said, the building was about 95 percent completed, and workers planned to work late into the night and again today in order to have it as ready as possible for an opening celebration scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Scheduled to join Chobani executives at the event are U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson.
Kathy Dye of South Edmeston, a church member who has been volunteering on the community center project, said the building will be used for a wide variety of community activities, including reunions, birthday parties and after-school programs. She said a structure that had been on the site had to be demolished.
“We reached out to Chobani and they have been wonderful,” she said.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, a community breakfast will be held in the new building. That will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:15 a.m. At 11 a.m., there will be a celebration with a farmers’ market.
McLallen said the new building will also be used for church services during the winter months because it’s more energy-efficient than the church.
“It’s a very adequate building for the needs of our community,” he said.
In addition to the work by Mike Rifanburg and his brother, Keith, the construction was facilitated by Chobani’s engineering team and by S&H Mechanical, Taggart Electric and Delaware Engineering, according to Chobani.