By Charles Bassett, NEWS 9

DEL CITY, Okla. - Construction is beginning on a $35 million retail center in Del City.

City leaders said they're excited about the economic boost from the project near Interstate 40 and Sooner Road.

An Oklahoma City developer is behind the project. The plans call for five to six restaurants, six to eight retails stories, anchor stores and a hotel, City Manager Mark Edwards said.

"Cities exist on sales tax, and we have to have different types of businesses where sales tax are generated so that we can provide basic services to our citizens," Edwards said.

Todd DeSha's neighborhood is near the development. He said he's excited about the convenience of the center.

"I don't know what's all going in there, but it ought to be nice if there are restaurants and stuff going in," DeSha said.

The project should be finished in two and a half years, officials said.