The Michael J. Manatt Community Center, at 105 Jackson Street, offers accommodations that are used by resident and visitors for a plethora of events and gatherings within the city of Brooklyn.
The venue, which opened in 2008, provides more than 9,000 square feet of facilities and can host groups of up to 350 people.
Amenities include an assembly area that can be separated into two separate rooms with each space seating approximately 140 people in a dining setting. The facility also has a boardroom, lobby, patio space, and a full kitchen with a stove, dishwasher, and cooking utensils. China, glassware, dining linen rentals, and table service are also available for events, as well as bar service and audio/visual equipment. Testimonials offer reflections from those who have used the facility.
How the community center came about
The community center is named in honor of Michael J. Manatt – a longtime Brooklyn resident who died in 2005 at the age of 52. Manatt had been an active member of the community, served on numerous local boards and councils, and worked in his family’s trucking and concrete paving business.
The center hosted its first events in the spring of 2008. Initial construction began in 2007 after fundraising efforts generated the $1.8 million needed to finance the project. Manatt’s Inc. and the Manatt families provided the initial $750,000 toward the project. Community donations accounted for $430,000 in funding, and Manatt’s Inc. employees and vendors gave an additional $270,000. A Vision Iowa CAT Grant provided $350,000 toward the project.
The community center hosts about 60 events annually with a full schedule during busy seasons of the year. Rental fees vary based upon services and space needed for events. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance.