Construction is set to begin on St. Louis County’s new Government Services Center North in Virginia.

A groundbreaking was held on Thursday for the $19 million building project, which is expected to be completed by fall 2019. When complete, the two-story, 63,000-square-foot facility will serve as a centralized hub for residents in Virginia and the surrounding communities to access county services from more than 10 departments, the county announced. About 180 employees will work in the building. The new facility will replace the Northland Office Building.

County Board Chair Keith Nelson said the groundbreaking was an “exciting day” for Virginia, the surrounding communities and St. Louis County.

“This new building will help us better serve our citizens by making it easier for them to access our staff. Plus, the design of the building will enable our staff to work together more efficiently across departments,” Nelson said.

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