Officials from the city, the provincial government and a southeast Edmonton seniors facility marked the beginning of construction for a new community centre in Mill Woods.

On Friday, construction on the Mill Woods Library, Seniors and Multicultural Centre kicked off.

The facility, which will be opened in 2014, includes a larger library and social and recreational space for seniors and multicultural community groups.

Chair of the Edmonton Public Library board Ellen Calabrese-Amrhein said the new facility replaces the old library – which was one of the city’s busiest public libraries.

“Doubling the size of the library and adding a seniors and multicultural centre ensures the needs of southeast Edmonton residents will be met for years to come,” Calabrese-Amrhein said in a press release.

The building is expected to cost $33.8 million – with $31.5 coming from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative, and $2.3 million from the City of Edmonton.