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Hanford Reach Interpretive Center takes new steps to find home

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The City of Richland has agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Richland Public Felicities District in preparation to sublease a part of Columbia Park West.

What that means is the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center is now allowed to continue the investigation of Columbia Park West as the possible site for the center.

Reach Center workers needed to get approval to make sure the center is compatible with the future master plan for Columbia Park West. However, with the new approval comes the issue of money.

The Reach Center's CEO says they already have about 25 million dollars raised, but they need around 40 million dollars overall.

    "There's a rich resource of individuals, corporations, and companies in the Tri-Cities that have strong philanthropic traditions, so we have faith that people are going to come through for us," Reach Center CEO Kimberly Camp said.  

Camp says the next step is continuing fundraising and getting permission for a site survey. After that they hope to perform analysis for where the building might be placed at Columbia park west.