Lextran officials will break ground Tuesday on a new headquarters at the former site of the General Electric glass plant.
The 13-acre site on West Loudon Avenue will house Lextran's administration, operations and maintenance departments, according to a news release.
Lextran's board of directors unanimously approved plans to go ahead with the facility on Nov. 19.
The new buildings will have 54,000 square feet of space, including an administration building with room for community meetings; a maintenance facility with seven repair bays rather than the two now available; a facility to wash the fleet of 72 buses and fueling stations, including a station for fueling compressed natural gas buses.
"Having administrative, operations and maintenance staff at the same locations will enhance communication, collaboration and coordination between all departments and staff," said Lextran general manager Rocky Burke, who has resigned effective Dec. 19 to take a position as director of Sarasota County Area Transit in Florida.
The project is estimated to cost $26.3 million, which includes the land, said Lextran spokeswoman Jill Barnett.
Lextran has leveraged federal grants and tax credits, "which reduces the total local portion of the project to about 25 percent," according to the release.
Site work and construction are scheduled to begin this month or in January. The project is expected to be finished by April 2016, Barnett said.
Lextran plans to sell the site of its current headquarters, which sits on about 5 acres at 109 West Loudon Ave.
The groundbreaking is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 200 West Loudon Avenue.