Now that the money has been raised, the $3.5 million Armory Square project is ready for the business planning and operation phase.
Marietta city officials are meeting with collaborative business partners Tuesday night to discuss the next step to turning the former Ohio National guard Armory into a multi-use community center.
Non-profit groups like WASCO, the Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Washington County Community Action will be helping with the facility's operation.
Mayor Michael Mullen says it's important for all groups to begin working together.
"With the city's assets and our partners' assets, we really think we have a very good chance of making this successful and making it sustainable from a financial perspective for generations to come," Mullen said.
Mayor Mullen says construction should begin this fall, and hopes the ribbon cutting ceremony will take place late spring or early summer.