ELGIN - For the past year, Comanche County and members of the Wichita Mountains Area Senior Citizens Center have been formulating a plan to rebuild a community center.
Incinerated in a fire on the evening of Feb. 9, 2019, the American Legion Building, located at 6739 North Wild- horse Road in Elgin, was deemed a total loss, leaving area seniors and community members without a permanent activity building. With no insurance coverage on the American Legion Building at the time of the fire, County Commissioner District 3, Alvin Cargill, agreed to work hand-in-hand with WMASCC, exploring options on funding with the possibility of rebuilding at the same site. Now a year later, Alvin says the process is underway as County Commissioners wait for approval from the National Parks Service regarding a floodplain survey. If all meets approval, the next step will be to take a building design to an engineer before it can move forward for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners. "It all hinges on this form, whether it's acceptable or not acceptable," said Alvin. "We've got to check all these boxes first." According to the WMASCC website, the United States Department of Interior initially gave the property to Comanche County in the 1970s after it was deemed "excess Fort Sill land." The American Legion, Post 193, once occupied the property, but is