Construction on Nederland's new city hall had an official start Thursday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The site of the new city hall is located at 207 North 12th Street at Atlanta Avenue.

Bruce's General Construction is the contractor hired by the city to build the $1,265,000 building.

This is the first of two major City facility projects; the second project is the renovation of 1400 Boston Avenue into a Public Safety Complex encompassing an Emergency Operations Center/Nederland Police Station/Nederland Fire Department.

City Hall is scheduled to be completed by no later than Fall 2013 with the Public Safety Complex renovation project to commence immediately thereafter and be completed by no later than Winter 2014.