MB Foundation breaks ground for $2 million facility July 19

MB Foundation Ground Breaking
MB Foundation Ground Breaking

Breaking ground July 19 for a new $2 million two-story headquarters for MB Foundation at D and Washington streets are (from left) project manager Chris Biggs, Conco Construction of Wichita; Bruce Jost, MBF vice president; Jon Wiebe, MBF president and CEO; Joel Soo Hoo, MBF vice president and treasurer; architect Stan Shelden of Shelden Architecture Inc. of Wichita; Marv Schellenberg, vice chair of U.S. MB Leadership Board. Wiebe said the facility will give added visibility, accessibility and functionality. He said MBF, a stewardship ministry for Mennonite Brethren and others, has distributed $1.5 million to 11 different groups in the Hillsboro community. The decision to build at the new location, Wiebe said, is “a symbol of commitment to the community and Mennonite Brethren across the country.” The old PrimeTime location, meanwhile, had become an eyesore and health hazard because distant corporate ownership had all but abandoned it. MBF eventually was able to purchase the property after it was cleared of the hazards. MBF also has purchased the two residences immediately to the north along South Washing­ton Street to make room for the new project.