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Hanford Reach Interpretive Center steps towards breaking ground

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center board met Monday to start taking action on getting the museum built.

A decade of discussions and setbacks have finally come to a point of optimism. Just two weeks ago the project's board decided to build in two phases so they could make progress with the money they have now. Vice President of Richland Public Facilities District, Richard Jansons, acknowledged past financial difficulties that left people questioning the project.

"We've certainly had additional constraints put on us with the economic downturn and all the other things that have been going on. But we think we're in a position now to where we're looking at option where we can meet that goal," said Jansons.

Now that they're looking at building layout, costs are becoming more clear. Current estimates are that phase one will cost between three and six million dollars.

A workshop on March 28th will be held by the board for the community. It's a way for people to voice their concerns and hopes about the center. Through engaging with community members, they hope to convey that this time around it's really going to be built. Plans are to break ground in July 2012.