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Greg Lukmire, of the Lukmire Project, says the community center is set in an environment that is natural and lovely and should be showcased. "It's such a beautiful view and nobody sees it," said Lukmire. He wants a feeling of connection between the new center and the library across the street.

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Contemporary Overhaul for McLean Community Center

Center renovation, adding 7,750 square feet, is scheduled for completion in 2018.

When the McLean Community Center was built in 1974, community centers were designed similar to schools, said architect Greg Lukmire, "institutional facilities that could withstand all sorts of abuse."

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