YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Penguin City Beer broke ground in downtown Youngstown Wednesday for the new Penguin City Brewing Company location.

The company hosted a small event Wednesday to mark the occasion.

This has been a year in the making for the $3.7 million project. They got funds for $2.2. million, which is going toward phase one of the project — the brewery and tap room.

The designs were approved in April.

Co-owner Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki said after a long year of planning and designing, they’re ready to build a beverage company that captures the pride and history of the Valley, creates jobs and is a part of revitalizing downtown Youngstown.

“This has been a project that we have been waiting for. We closed this building back in December, so to be able to finally get started and to see the vision come to fruition is going to be huge. It’s a huge moment,” Lyras-Bernacki said.

The next phase, a banquet center, will start sometime in 2022.

They plan to open the brewery and taproom around Christmas.