This is an image of what the new Detroit Community Center will look like. Construction started this week. (Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

DETROIT - Spirits were high in Detroit on Saturday, March 20, as the first steps were taken to erect the new Detroit Community Center.

Contractors, suppliers, public officials, residents and property owners gathered to kick off construction of the new building.

The community center will replace the Detroit City Hall and become a centerpiece in a community largely destroyed during wildfires in September 2020.

SEDCOR Construction Alliance helped organize the Santiam Rebuild Coalition, lead by Salem builder Rich Duncan of Rich Duncan Construction, to involve contractors and suppliers in contributing to the project.

Tim Luke, Detroit city councilor, presents a flag to Mayor Jim Trett at the March 20, 2021, groundbreaking for the Detroit Community Center. (Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

Rich Duncan of Rich Duncan Construction addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking on March 20, 2021, for the Detroit Community Center. A coalition of contractors and suppliers is donating the work to replace the Detroit City Hall. (Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

A groundbreaking ceremony gets underway on March 20, 2021, for the Detroit Community Center. A coalition of contractors and suppliers is donating the work to replace the Detroit City Hall. (Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

A groundbreaking for the new Detroit Community Center gets underway on March 20, 2021. (Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

Detroit Mayor Jim Trett addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking on March 20, 2021, for the Detroit Community Center. A coalition of contractors and suppliers is donating the work to replace the Detroit City Hall.(Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

A sketch of the new Detroit Community Center. A coalition of contractors and suppliers is donating the work to replace the Detroit City Hall.(Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

A groundbreaking ceremony gets underway on March 20, 2021, for the Detroit Community Center. A coalition of contractors and suppliers is donating the work to replace the Detroit City Hall. (Santiam Rebuild Coalition photo)

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