LOUISVILLE - The Art Underground, a nonprofit organization that runs classes and arts-related programming for all ages, will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 20, for a community arts center and theater in the Steel Ranch neighborhood in Louisville.

The $2.5 million, 11,345-square-foot Arts Hub is expected to be completed in time for a June 1 move-in by The Art Underground, which has operated at 901 Front St. in downtown Louisville for the past six years.

The new facility will feature a 194-seat theater in addition to a gallery hall for art exhibits and other events. There will also be two dance rooms, art and music studio rooms, a set shop and an outdoor pedestrian plaza with tables and room for small outdoor performances.

Art Underground's executive director Lori Jones said the new venue will allow the organization to expand its adult offerings in particular. Gallery exhibits, art film events, music events, literary talks and other community events are all slated for uses.

The Arts Hub has been nearly two years in the making. It is located near the intersection of Colorado Highway 42 and Paschal Drive in the commercial district of Steel Ranch, a primarily residential development.

"We had some bumps along the way trying to get it all ironed out, but we are ready to roll," Jones said.

Jones said Steel Ranch developer RMCS LLC has contributed significantly to the project. She said The Art Underground has the financing in place to fund the building. But the non-profit is still trying to raise another $50,000 to $70,000 for theater seats and extra amenities to both the theater and other aspects of the facility.

The groundbreaking will be held at 4 p.m., Nov. 20. The development is on the west side of Highway 42 between South Boulder and Baseline roads.