City leaders, project partners, economic development officials and representatives from local Lawrenceburg business organizations gathered on Oct. 18 to break ground on a new event center and hotel complex that's considered the next step in ongoing revitalization efforts.

The 235,000-square-foot facility will include a 180-room hotel, an 18,000-square-foot concert hall and exhibition space, a 7,500-square-foot ballroom and meeting space, and a 150-seat restaurant and bar.

Messer Construction Co. is serving as the project's construction manager and the facility is expected to open in summer 2013.