SAN ANTONIO -

As a sign of progress and more development to come, on Thursday, San Antonio College administrators held a "topping out ceremony" to mark the progress of renovations at the Scobee Planetarium Complex.

Dr. Robert Zeigler, president of San Antonio College, said Thursday that the new Challenger Learning Center is also well on its way, all in an effort to further education in science in technology.

"It's being totally renovated," said Zeigler. "Challenger is being added and we just see this as a wonderful asset for the community."

Zeigler said the planetarium complex is just one of the many projects in the works at San Antonio College.

The newly remodeled Moody Center is set to officially open on Oct. 10; the new Eco-Center is also near completion, set to open in December, and students are already moving into the Tobin Lofts, a brand-new apartment complex on Main Street.

"That's a good example of us reaching out into the neighborhood, partnering," said Zeigler. "So we not only do things for our students, but we do things to enhance the whole community."

Sharon Costilla, a resident in nearby Tobin Hill, said Thursday that she's been watching the development on and off campus closely and so far, she likes what she sees.

"It's really turning around," she said. "It's really looking nice. It should be pretty good for the whole neighborhood. I think there's a rumor that we're even going to get a grocery store in this area, which is pretty good."

The planetarium complex is expected to open by early spring and although student have already moved into the Tobin Lofts, the official grand opening is set for the end of October.

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