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Richland PFD Board holds public workshop on Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The Richland Public Facilities District board is meeting once again Monday night to discuss the future of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center project.

The Richland PFD is calling Monday night's gathering a workshop to open the discussion about the ongoing process of trying to get the REACH project off the ground. The board will give a brief presentation about fundraising, current finances and options. Then the rest of the two and a half hour meeting is open for public comment.

Board members say they're struggling to do what they can with their budget and the price tag for the current building plans. Fred Raab, President of the Richland PFD Board, says the board has sought advice from many people about the project, but realizes the public's input is also very important.

"Board meetings, talking individually to community leaders for their advice relative to projects they've seen built in the past. But they most important people are those that are going to come to the facility once it's built and we really want to hear from them," says Raab.

At the end of the meeting, the board will vote on whether they will drop the current plans and start anew with a local architect. One board member said he thinks it's likely the board will vote to drop the current expensive plans.

The public workshop is from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Richland City Council Chambers.