Downtown Vinton is getting a major makeover.
Crews broke ground on the new library Friday. Nine million dollars will go toward building a brand new facility along Pollard Street.
According to town staff, Roanoke County is using money from bonds to pay for the project. The county and town split the cost of the land.
The mayor said the new facility is crucial to revitalizing the downtown district.
"It’s exciting to even think about it,” said Mayor Brad Grose. “I think it will feel great to have this located in downtown Vinton. It will have a lot of improved library services for the citizens of east Roanoke County and Vinton and it’s going to be a great economic development tool for our downtown section."
The library is expected to have about 250,000 visits per year. Grose said he’s hopeful that will boost business downtown.
The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2015.