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Hanford Reach Interpretive Center Meeting

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A big turnout Thursday night for a "public scoping" and open house to talk about progress on the proposed Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, which is planned to go into Columbia Park.

 The meeting was hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers, but also included staff from the Richland Public Facilities District and JohnPaul Jones, the architect who designed the center.

Plans are for the center to built on the west end of Columbia Park, which is federally-owned and managed by the Corps of Engineers.

 The public got an idea of what goes into the Corp's review process and were able to comment and ask questions.

There's strong support for the project.

Many of the people who spoke Thursday evening said they understand the processes that are required, and that they can take a long time, but they just want it to happen sooner than later.

Richland Public Facilities District C.E.O. Kimberly Camp said she was pleased with how the meeting went.

"I'm really happy.  You know, the community has waited so long for this project to come to fruition and our relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers.  I think people heard in the room tonight that they're doing everything they can to help us move forward, making sure we follow the process so that everybody's happy and that's what we really want," said Camp.

Right now the Corps is the early stages of an environmental review of the proposal to build the center.  There's no time table of when that could be finished, but Corps representatives at the meeting said this project is their top priority.