Ceremony marks construction of new Sturgeon City center

(City of Jacksonville photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A ceremony was held Thursday morning to mark the start of construction for the new Sturgeon City Environmental Education Center in Jacksonville.

The ceremony was held at 50 Court Street, site of the $2.9 million future development. Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips and members of the Sturgeon City nonprofit were part of the ceremony. The 11,800 square foot single-story building was approved by the City Council on Feb. 7. Pro Construction earned the bid for the contract on Aug. 8.

There will be three classrooms for the nonprofit's extensive environmental education program. Nearly 9,000 students and adults have participated in Sturgeon City environmental education activities in the last year or so, according to the city.

The project is a partnership of the City of Jacksonville, the Sturgeon City nonprofit and the Jacksonville Tourism Development Authority.