City officials, contractors, developers, employees, and more gathered Thursday in the parking lot behind Kite’s Bar and Grill for the official groundbreaking of the Midtown Development project.

Prior to the groundbreaking, Aggieville Business Association Executive Director Dennis Cook noted he’s witnessed a lot of change in the district, but calls this project one of the most exciting.

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Back 9 Development President TJ Vilkanskas, who is overseeing the project, says Midtown and similar projects aren’t trying to change Aggieville but rather are aiming to uplift it.

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Construction on the five story, 50 plus million dollar building is set to begin once 12th street closes February 1st and will be completed before the end of next year.