The AAA Akron Auto Club will soon be traveling down the road.

The organization, which has occupied the same office building on West Center Street in downtown Akron since 1948, is moving about a mile away.

AAA will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday for its new $3 million, 13,000-square-foot building at 100 Rosa Parks Drive on the south side of downtown.

The club hopes to be in its new home by October 2016.

AAA had to relocate because its current site is part of the city’s giant sewer tunnel project.

President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Thomas said it was important to remain downtown.

“We want to be part of keeping downtown strong,” he said. “We want to be part of keeping jobs in Akron and in downtown. We just think it’s part of our corporate citizenship to stay in the central area.”

AAA has 45 employees.

The organization is excited about moving to Rosa Parks, which is between South Broadway and South Main Street, because the new site is easily accessible for motorists and will provide more visibility for AAA on well-traveled paths in and out of downtown.

The club will use proceeds from selling its current site and long-term investments to privately pay for the new building. The Tober Building Co. of Richfield will do the work.

The West Center Street location has been appraised at $753,270, according to Summit County tax records.

Akron has an agreement in place to buy the property for $1.17 million. The city also has purchased other properties in the area for the tunnel project, Akron Public Service Director John Moore said.

The local AAA club serves about 100,000 members in Summit County with auto, travel, insurance and financial services.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.