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City breaks ground on pool, service center and parking deck

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – About $32.5 million of your tax dollars are at work in the city of Columbus, and many are hoping for a return on the investment that's been years in the making.

Construction for a multi-million dollar city complex got underway with a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday. 

The three building complex will be right off Macon Road and will include a city service center for city workers, a natatorium to house competitive swimming, and a parking deck for hundreds of vehicles.

 The project has been in the works for more than 10 years.  Anne King with Midtown Inc. says the facility will help bring the Midtown area together and erase all divides.

"[It will help to] erase that notion of Wynnton, Macon Road as a dividing line, and in the process, recreate a center of the community."

King says this project along with buildings like the Columbus public library, the Public Education Building, and construction on a new Publix in the Cross Country Plaza will bring revitalization to the area.

"[We have had calls from] new businesses looking to start up, but it draws attention and with attention there comes an energy," said King.

Laura Brooker's salon, Bright, is one of those businesses hoping these new developments bring in customers.

"We will see definitely growth and more people visiting the area which will help all the businesses in this area grow as more people see it," said Brooker.

She chose to open her business in Midtown about a year ago because of the community.

"The people here are very supportive.  I think people, especially the people who live in Midtown, they like to support their local businesses," explained the salon owner.

King says the complex shows their community is an important piece of Columbus

"It is security in knowing that the city regards this as a place of value, as the heart of the city and as a long term investment," said King.

The service center will house different city departments including parks and recreation, city council chambers, and tax offices.

Construction is expected to be done at the end of 2012.

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