Phenix City council met with administrators from Troy University Thursday to discuss the progress of the expansion of Troy's Phenix City campus.
The Chancellor of Troy University, Dr. Jack Hawkins told council that in as soon as 18 months, the vacant lot near the banks of the Chattahoochee River will be transformed into a branch of Troy University.
"We will build on that river, that beautiful location, a beautiful building, that I think will serve well, students and the entire community," said Hawkins.
He added that he is eager to expand Phenix City's campus.
"Long term it is our plan to move the campus from its current location to the river bank. We did that with faith, no blind faith, but with the faith of this city, the potential that it holds."
Troy was the first major player to take the plunge and invest in what Mayor Eddie Lowe referred to as a "new Phenix City."
"Right now we're sitting on the edge of something really great for Phenix City. And as I have always said, it is mission critical, and we cant miss that opportunity right now," said Mayor Lowe.
Lowe said that he is confident that both his council and the administration at Troy University have what it takes to make sure the expansion is a success.
Construction of the new building is slightly behind schedule. Administrators said, due to the 2011 tornados that ripped through Tuscaloosa and much of Alabama, the state passed new legislature regarding the construction of new academic buildings. As a result, Troy had to slightly re-work their plans. They now expect to break ground in Phenix City by August 1st.
The new building is slated to be a little more than 44,000 square feet and will be home to the schools of water resource management, risk management, and economic development.