GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Construction on the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts is expected to begin in mid-July, according to project leaders.

The city held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project at the end of April. However, a few weeks later, contract negotiations broke down between the city and Durham-based construction company, Skanska Rentenbach.

Greensboro Coliseum Director Matt Brown is overseeing the project. He says project leaders will start taking bids from new contractors on June 20.

On June 30, they plan to announce the company that will take over the building process of phase one.

According to Brown, construction will begin on July 15.

Walker Sanders, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, said the project is still on track to be completed in Spring of 2019.

"We budgeted for delays. So we are still on track," Sanders explained. "And we recognize everyone's interest and their concern about wanting to get his built. But we have to do it the right way. And if it takes us a little longer to do it right then we are going to take the time to do that."

The $78 million project has been in the works since 2012. At that time, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro said the center would open in 2017.

According to Sanders, budgeting, designs and permit approvals have all played a role in the delays.