Enterprise, Ala. (WSFA) -- The city of Enterprise formally broke ground on it's newest addition Wednesday morning.
Since fall of 2007 work has been underway on a new civic center, but Wednesday, the city officially celebrated the project.
Birgit Briggs has been running the Enterprise civic center for eight years.
"I enjoy my job tremendously, I get to meet people on a regular basis," said Briggs.
She along with many others can't wait until the new center opens.
"I was always hoping that we could get a bigger center that could hold more functions and accommodate more than 200 people," said Briggs.
Located right off of highway 167, the new civic center and senior center will offer a lot more room, over thirty thousand square feet.
The new building features an auditorium that can seat 1,500 people or 800 people banquet style.
It will also have a state of the art electronics for a wide range of events.
The building will also house a new senior center, featuring meeting rooms, entertainment areas, and a cafeteria seating up to 60 people.
"This is something that the citizens have always wanted, its always been needed, and it's a part of the quality of life here," explained Ken Boswell, mayor of Enterprise.
The new civic center can also be used as an operations center during a natural disaster if one was to hit the city.
Officials say steel will start going up in three weeks.
They expect the project to be completed by this time next year.