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North Carolina Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Kenny Flowers will be the guest speaker Wednesday, April 19 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Elizabethtown Community Center.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at 409 Martin Luther King Drive. The public is invited to attend.

The 11,000-square foot center is designed to meet the needs of the residents with a new playground, indoor event space, multipurpose full-size playing surface with bleachers, locker rooms, commercial kitchen, meeting offices and substantial parking, according to the Town of Elizabethtown.

Elizabethtown, in conjunction with engineering consultant Paul Mattox, Libby Smith and E.L. Robinson Engineering, was awarded $2.575 million to design and construct the center through the Community Building Block Grant – Neighborhood Revitalization. A second grant will be used to improve sidewalks and add decorative lighting to make the area safer and pedestrian friendly.

Other presentations will be made during the ceremony, including the introduction of members of the Elizabethtown Community Center Board of Directors.

MLK Drive, Durham Street and Mill Street around the site will be closed from 10:30 a.m. until noon for the ceremony.

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