Lenexa breaks ground on multi-million dollar civic center

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LENEXA, Kan. -- Lenexa officials broke ground on a new civic center Friday morning.

City officials said they want to attract new businesses and young families to the community and they think the center will help do so.

The $75 million complex, which was funded in part by a 3/8th cent sales tax voted in six years ago, is expected to be open in 2017. Plans for the building were first released in November of 2015.

In addition to a new city hall, the building will feature a community center, an aquatic center, a public market area and more.

"We're excited today because we're doing the groundbreaking for civic campus and from the very beginning the public has been really involved in this," City official Denise Rendina said.  "We did a lot of surveys in meetings to talk about what was important to them as we were building these new facilities for them and so this is a combination of about 20 years of working and we're gonna break ground."

The current city hall building will be repurposed and given to the  police department once the new one is complete.

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