Leesburg to unveil new Venetian Center to the public Nov. 12

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Rendering of the new Venetian Center, set to open Nov. 12 in Leesburg. // Provided by city of Leesburg

The long-awaited, highly anticipated grand opening of Leesburg’s new community center is near.

The city will unveil the Venetian Center with an open house from 3-5pm Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 Dozier Court, according to a news release.

The $9.6 million project includes a 20,700-square-foot multipurpose building, Dozier Circle reconfiguration, parking facilities, landscaping improvements and a waterfront restaurant site. This redevelopment plan upgrades facilities originally built in the 1950s.

The community center is the cornerstone of the city’s master plan designed to make Venetian Gardens a destination for public and private events, entertainment, and recreation. The city has steadily improved Venetian Gardens, south of Dixie Avenue on the shores of Lake Harris, with projects such as a splash pad, Rogers Park Pavilion and the renovated Kids Korner playground.

The 6,500-square-foot Ski Beach waterfront restaurant, designed by the same developer of Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill in Weirsdale, is expected to open in 2020.

“We hope that investing in that (area) brings more people to the region, and bringing more people to the region is obviously good for economic development,” City Manager Al Minner recently told Lake & Sumter Style. “We’re real excited about the investment and excited to see the impact that it will have.”

For more information, contact the city of Leesburg Public Works Department at 352.435.9442.

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