SEMINOLE —The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new civic building at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m.
The gathering will include a building dedication and “quick” tours, said Jim Olliver, former SPC-Seminole provost and current chamber board chair and president.
“Just a quick ‘welcome to the new building’ kind of thing,” he said.
The joint-use building, a partnership between the chamber and the college, will serve as a permanent home for the chamber and offer space to the city’s civic organizations and community groups. It will also be utilized by the college for various uses, including classroom space.
The project was funded by a $500,000 grant from the Edward J. and Vivian E. Lurie Charitable Foundation as well as more than $100,000 raised by the community.
The prefabricated building was built offsite and will be installed at the SPC campus in mid-August, he said.
Plumbing at the site is already completed, all permits are in place and workers are currently installing telecommunications infrastructure, he added. The groundbreaking for the building took place Sept. 24.
Plans for the building originally began as a joint-use project between the city of Seminole and the chamber, but they had difficulty finding a location for the structure. In early 2018, SPC replaced the city as the chamber’s partner on the civic building.
This project is nearly six years in the making, Olliver added.
“It’s been a long time, but we’re very, very excited,” he said. “I think it’s going to be well worth the wait. It’s going to become another gem in the community. It puts the chamber right there in the middle of everything.”