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Springfield Breaks Ground on College Station

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The City of Springfield held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the future site of College Station. College Station will include a 14 screen movie theatre, a parking garage, as well as restaurant and retail space. KSMU's Joe Morgan was at the ceremony and has more.

A group of about 100 people gathered in downtown Springfield for the groundbreaking of the new College Station. Hollywood Theaters expects the new 14 screen cinema to be open in fall of 2008. The theater will include high-back rocker chairs and the latest technology in acoustic design and digital surround sound. Executive Director of the Urban Districts Alliance Rusty Worley says this project took a lot of time and effort to plan.

Springfield Mayor, Tom Carlson says that the Springfield community has done a lot to improve the downtown area in the last few years. He says that this movie theater project is just another great investment that will benefit Springfield.

Carlson says that the theater will bring a lot more people to downtown which will benefit the city in more than one way.

Carlson says that he is proud of the city and its people for believing in the downtown projects and helping make them possible.

Executive Director of the Urban Districts Alliance Rusty Worley says that this is a great time for center city and that more projects are still to come for downtown Springfield. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.