|Updated: 9/24/2013 5:33 pm
||Published: 9/20/2013 3:12 pm
On Tuesday, ground was broken on the centerpiece of a new entertainment, food and retail development in Broken Arrow.
Shovels hit the dirt as crews began work on an all-new Warren Theatre.
FOX23 first reported on this project last October, this theater will serve as the anchor of the Shops at Aspen Creek, a 100-acre development located just south of the Creek Turnpike between Aspen and Elm off of Tucson.
"Each new theater we do tends to be bigger, more luxurious, more expensive and more innovative, and this one will be the same way," said Bill Warren, with Warren Theatres.
It's being billed as the largest luxury movie theater in the United States, and it's expected to draw people from all over Green County to watch movies, which would mean a huge economic boom for the city of Broken Arrow.
"The economic impact of this project alone is huge. From a sales tax perspective, we expect the theater and the shops here to generate a significant portion of sales tax dollars in the city of Broken Arrow," said Wes Smithwick, president, CEO of the Broken Arrow Chamber.
Developer Danny Signorelli told FOX23 the theater will create 200 jobs, roughly 30 percent of those will be full-time.
That isn't counting the jobs that are expected to come later as restaurants and stores open.
With extra business comes extra traffic. Tucson is currently a two-lane road, but that will be expanded to five lanes.
"When you're talking about the kind of traffic that they generate, you got to be able to get folks in and out. So the city already has plans and design underway to expand Tucson so we get all the folks in and out of this place," said Signorelli.
The 18-screen theater is expected to be completed in November 2014.