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New science center in Spokane won't be in park


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Organizers hoping to developing a science center for Riverfront Park have pulled their plans, opting to look elsewhere for the project.

Officials with Mobius, a nonprofit group raising money for the science center, tell The Spokesman-Review that the decision to stop negotiations for a site in Riverfront Park will allow them to move forward on the project quicker. They believe in a new location with a scaled-down proposal, the center could open as soon as 2011.

The decision ends six years of negotiations with the. Officials with both Mobius and the city's Park Board agreed that the decision was probably best since negotiations had not progressed.

Plans for a science center in the park, on the north bank of the Spokane River, go back at least a decade. In 2003, the city selected Mobius to develop a center on the 5.7-acre parcel, but progress has consistently been stalled over fundraising, lease arrangements and other issues.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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