The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is breaking ground on a new facility Tuesday.
The new Robert L. Forbuss Building will replace an aging facility in the Downtown Las Vegas. It's touted as a state-of-the-art facility, expected to serve 30,000 people each year.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is a community-based organization that works to support and promote activities directed at furthering the wellbeing, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and its allies in Southern Nevada, according to the center's website.
The center's new facility will be energy efficient, have flexibility to host the variety of groups who gather there and maintain a dedicated space for a health and wellness center. The center plans to pioneer new programs and services to meet the emerging and evolving needs of the LGBT community and its supporters.
Representatives from Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Boyd Gaming Corporation, Station Casinos, Wynn Las Vegas, Zuffa, LLC and other community supporters were scheduled to be on hand Tuesday for the new community center's groundbreaking ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
Purchased in August 2011, the new free-standing building is 16,000 square feet on 1.1 acres of land in downtown Las Vegas, located at 401 S. Maryland Parkway. It's scheduled to open in December 2012 as part of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center's Opening New Doors campaign.
The Opening New Doors campaign is an effort to marry updated programming, human capital and the new facility.
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