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Hanford Reach offices near proposed land

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RICHLAND, Wash.-Tuesday organizers of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center had a grand opening for their new offices in Richland. Their new location puts them near the proposed location for the future interpretive center just off of Fowler Street.

This week Golder Associates and HRA are sifting through the land at Columbia Park West. They are looking for anything that will tell them about the history of the land form.

"We've found the evidence of the last glacial floods, and what we would expect to find in terms of the kinds of sediments laid down since that time," says Brent Hicks, Archeologist.

Remnants of a once public park were also found. Workers are going through soil properties, water and looking at the proposed footprint of the building. So far $26-million has been raised and $14.5-million more is needed.

"No time ever before in the history of the Tri-Cities has this much money been raised for cultural non-profit activity," says Kimberly camp, Richland Public Facilities District CEO."

Camp says they will be meeting with the community and talking to corporate entities and businesses to raise the rest of the money. If the land is approved construction is expected to begin in the spring and wrap up toward the end of 2012.