Construction on a new mixed-use district that will transform Missouri City’s Willowridge 1980s-era retail center has now begun and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The Edison Center, a 12.5-acre mixed-use arts and cultural town center district soon to be located at 7100 W. Fuqua St., Missouri City, will have a 32,000-square-foot cultural arts center with a 400-seat performing arts theater, community health clinic, after-school youth center, Festival Park outdoor green space, two small business incubators and affordable retail spaces, according to a Dec. 17 announcement.

Construction on the center is the second of the two-phase Edison Center Master Plan, developed in collaboration with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office of Complete Communities and focuses on supporting economic and neighborhood development within Fort Bend Houston.

“Once completed, The Edison Center will leverage Fort Bend Houston’s talented multicultural arts community to create a catalyst for community revitalization through the arts,” said Charity Carter, founder of the Edison Arts Foundation in the announcement.

The Edison Center is expected to attract 80,000 visitors annually, generating millions in economic impact, attracting new businesses and jobs, and creating opportunities to increase the quality of life for residents.