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JUST ASK SHANE: Update on "Save the Old Tower" Efforts

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PASCO, WA - We have an update on a local group's plans to open an aviation museum near the Tri-Cities Airport.  Katie sent me an email recently asking, "Whatever happened with the project to save the old control tower at the old Pasco Naval Air Station?"

I spoke with Malin Bergstorm with the Save The Old Tower group, and she told me that the project is still moving forward, but it's been a slow process.  Right now, they're negotiating with the Port of Pasco to rent out space inside the old control tower, which was built by the U.S. Navy back in 1941.  The Navy closed the air station in 1946, and it became the Pasco Airport.  The old tower building was used as the airport's main terminal until 1966, when the current terminal building was built.

The group wants to turn the old tower into an aviation museum.

"It needs a lot of attention, but the bones of the building are good. The Navy built these buildings well.  It could be a fabulous restaurant or deli, and aviation museum, maybe even an aircraft restoration location," said Malin Bergstrom with the Save The Old Tower group.

The Port of Pasco has spent about $100,000 to weatherproof the building.  Bergstrom says they are close to finalizing the lease, and will ramp up their fundraising efforts once that's done.  They're hoping they may be able to open a portion of the building as a museum sometime in 2015.  If you'd like to make a donation to support the cause, you can visit their website, www.savetheoldtower.com.

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