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Hanford Reach Interpretive Center gets new home

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RICHLAND, Wash. - After nine years of planning the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center will call Columbia Park West it's home.

The staff celebrated Wednesday night with a champagne toast. The Interpretive Center will be 61,000 square feet. It will offer two exhibitions galleries, class room space, teachable outdoor areas, a gift shop and restaurant.

Leaders of the center say it's a regional project that will benefit eight nearby counties.

"Once this place is open we'll have quality museum experiences that not only provide opportunities inside of our walls, but also acquaint people in this community with existing resources that are wonderful," said Kimberly Camp, CEO of Interpretive Center.

Camp says the total project costs about $40.5 million, but still needs about $15 million.

They plan to break ground at the end of the summer and complete the center by Fall of 2013.