A new community center in downtown Knoxville will aim to make a difference in the lives of young people in the area.

In April 2016, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero announced the creation of the Change Center, which will provide a safe and fun place for teens and young adults to hang out on their evenings and weekends.

The center will be built in a 20,000 square foot building on Harriet Tubman Street. The building was donated by Overcoming Believers church.

Construction of the center, which is expected to be open in late 2017, is now underway. The project is expected to cost $2.9 million.

A gala this Saturday will help to fundraise for the center. Tickets are available online.