The City of Decatur will hold a groundbreaking for the Beacon Municipal Center at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
City officials will gather at the Atlanta Avenue construction entrance. The public is invited. Parking is limited so the city recommends you park on West Trinity Place at Adair Park if you cannot walk or bike.
The city is now demolishing part of the building that used to be the city's African-American school before integration.
In recent years it's housed the police department, municipal court, recreation programs and, for a time, the Active Living Department.
When the construction is completed in the spring of 2014, the Beacon Municipal Center will house a new Police Department and Municipal Court, new Ebster Recreation Center with a full-size gym operated by Active Living and teh City Schools of Decatur’s Central Office. A major storm water management facility will be built under Ebster Field. Cost of the project: $38 million.