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Groundbreaking weeks away for Hanford Reach Center

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- After eight years, the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center is only weeks away from actual construction.

There were lots of barriers that stood in the way of the center becoming a reality.

One of them was money. According to reach officials, over $40 million dollars is needed for the project.

Currently, $25 million has been raised and another $15 million is still needed.

Other past issues included problems with real estate and geological surveys from archeologists. But now that most of those issues are out of the way, the center can focus on breaking ground.

"To tell the story of the Columbia River, and how all of these pieces fit together with everything from the Manhattan Project to Native American history and culture. The diversity of this community. All of it is going to explored in the reach," explains Reach CEO Kimberly Camp.

When complete, the center will be 61,000 square feet. And inside, attractions like the Columbia mammoth skeleton, and exhibits that talk about the Manhattan Project, B - reactor, and Cold War.

Groundbreaking on the center is October 5th and construction is expected to be complete by fall 2013.

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