College of the Desert officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their Indio campus expansion project next Tuesday, it was announced Wednesday.

The ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. on March 14 at the campus located at 45524 Oasis St. The expansion project features a three-story instructional building and pavilion that will double the size of the current campus, according to college spokeswoman Cynthia Alvarez.

The 67,000 square-foot building will feature classrooms, a cafe, offices, science labs, a student services center and open study areas. The facility is expected to open in fall 2023.

College of the Desert officials also plan to build a 17,000 square-foot Child Development Center across the street from the Indio campus. That building will include toddler and preschool classrooms, an outdoor play yard and shade structures.

Construction for these two buildings, as well as modifications to the current Indio campus, is expected to cost $113 million paid for through Measure CC funds approved by voters in 2016.

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