Groundbreaking for the Liberty Center and Plaza in Box Elder could happen in as soon as 60 days, but state delegates and legislators gathered for the ceremony Friday morning.
Hani Shafai, Dream Design International president and CEO, said completion for the center is anticipated for July 2022.
“This project really is a great partnership between our federal, state, county, city and private sector coming together in support of our base mission, which is really the most critical thing that we are here for,” Shafai said. “It’s not really just the economic impact that the base has in our community, but their role in defending our country.”
Sen. John Thune, Rep. Dusty Johnson and Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden were among the speakers at the ceremony.
Scott Landguth, Ellsworth Development Authority executive director, introduced Thune as being instrumental in saving Ellsworth Air Force Base when it was on the Base Realignment and Closure Commission list from 2005. He said once it was off the list, they immediately began working on the Powder River Training Range to make it the largest in the United States.