An expansion and renovation project for the 20-year-old Plano Senior Recreation Center that has been in the city’s pipeline since 2009 is set to break ground Wednesday.

The project will include the addition of a 2,800 square-foot exercise room, extra dining and classroom space, additional parking and restrooms as well as expanded area for the Wellness Center for Older Adults, according to a city news release.

The project is expected to be complete by December 2018, a Plano spokesperson confirmed.

The project, which was approved by voters in the 2009 bond election, was put on hold during the economic recession, according to the news release. The Plano City Council voted to approve a $7 million expenditure for the project Oct. 9, while holding onto over $400,000 for potential future expenditures for the project.

“We are ready to move forward and are excited about the changes that will be taking place here at this much-loved recreation center,” Plano Parks and Recreation Director Robin Reeves said in a statement. “Most of all, we want to thank all of our patrons for their support over the years. We recognize the value that this center provides to our seniors and we look forward to expanding the leisure and wellness opportunities here.”

The center is expected to remain open during most of the renovations, according to the news release.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to included the projected completion date for the renovation and expansion project.