WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A groundbreaking was held in downtown Washington Thursday.

The “Commons Project” is expected to consist of three facilities. Washington Mayor David Rhoads said the city expects the finished product to give the city so much more room for activities, and to draw thousands of visitors and residents to the downtown area.

“The Commons represents a critical project and joint effort that will positively impact the region for this generation and generations to come,” said Mayor David Rhoads. “We expect to see thousands of visitors and residents take part in a broad array of activities that will draw people to Washington, especially as we see continued growth in the coming microelectronics campus in the WestGate@Crane Technology Park.”

The area will be used for concerts, civic events, farmer’s markets, celebrations and extended gatherings.

“For our city, county, and region to advance in a highly competitive environment, quality of place and quality of life issues must support workforce development and employee retention and attraction,” said Tony Duncheon, President of the Daviess County Council. “The Commons project represents a broad spectrum of positive collaboration and commitment from many partners to help achieve this.”

A release stated that the project features three new community facilities in a location previously cleared through a Regional Opportunity Initiatives Grant in the amount of $200,000. Additionally, the city has committed $2 million toward the project with County Commissioners and County Council committing $750,000.

The city’s goal is to have the space open for events around the holiday season at the end of this year.