FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- The ground is broken to build a new library in Fitchburg.
Actual construction doesn't start until July, but the ground breaking ceremony took place Monday afternoon.
Fitchburg city leaders say they've been working for about 20 years to make this project a reality.
"I'm so thankful for the people who saw a vision for where the city could go, what the city could be," said Fitchburg's mayor Jay Allen, "As much as I hate to say it, they had a vision bigger than my vision."
The new 38,000 square-foot library will be environmentally friendly. It will feature underground parking and geothermal heating and cooling.
Organizers raised $2.8 million. They hope to raise an additional $1.2 million.
The library's slated to open in the summer of 2011