With a ceremonial tug of dirt from the ground, the realization of a Department of Human Services building for Carter and Love counties began to come to fruition.

Local officials, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce representatives along with DHS officials were at a groundbreaking for the building, which will be located at 410 Travertine Drive in Ardmore.

In his remarks, Mayor Martin Dyer said Ardmore is progressive and growing and the new building is an example of the growth.

Bywater Development LLC., owned by Joel and Amy Wisian, is building the new DHS facility, which is expected to take a year. The building will be a significant upgrade from current facilities according to Carter County DHS Director Linda Moore, who touted additional parking space and a large conference room that will be available to DHS’ community partners.

“We are celebrating a vision, a milestone in Carter County and Love County DHS,” she said. “The journey began several years ago. There have obviously been some obstacles, but we have gotten to this point.

Moore thanked Carter and Love County DHS staff for their dedication and said the facility would prove beneficial.

“Staff will not only have a beautiful building to do their work, but clients will have better access to services,” she said.

Curtis Davidson, First National Bank president/CEO, talked about the benefits of the new building for the community and congratulated the Wisians, highlighting that DHS chose a local contractor.

“First National Bank is excited to be part of this project,” he said.

“This facility is needed, it’s great and we are all going to be proud of this building.”