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Community center to break ground
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After more than five years of feasibility studies, planning, conceptual designs, community input meetings, architectural renderings and construction drawings the 25,623 square foot Ceres Community Center will break ground next week.

The public is invited to a ground-breaking ceremony at 4 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 25, at Magnolia and Third street.

The project is not expected to be completed until April 2009.

The center will feature a large assembly hall of 5,131 square feet, a small assembly hall of 3,097 square feet, a large kitchen with beverage bar, computer lab, senior activity room, arts and crafts room, recreation fitness studio, teen activity area, meeting rooms, recreation staff offices and a permanent dias for City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

City officials believe the Ceres Community Center will improve the quality of life for Ceres residents, and spur interest in revitalizing downtown Ceres. Because recreation staff and council chambers are being removed from space at City Hall, the center is freeing up more space for city staff.