Stars and Stripes stripes.com 27 Dec, 2020 19:15 am

Tucked inside omnibus spending package is another $5M for Coast Guard museum

Tucked inside omnibus spending package is another $5M for Coast Guard museum
The bill includes $5 million for the museum, which brings the total support for the project from the federal government over the last four years to $20 million. The Coast Guard Museum Association has set a goal of $30 million in federal support.

The bill includes $5 million for the museum, which brings the total support for the project from the federal government over the last four years to $20 million.The museum association, in its 2020 Year in Review, reported nearing the halfway mark to complete the estimated $150 million project — $30 million for museum exhibits and programming, $20 million for the pedestrian bridge and $100 million for construction of the museum.Earlier this month, New London's Planning and Zoning Commission granted conditional approval to plans for a nearly $20 million pedestrian bridge linking downtown to the museum.The state has long pledged up to $20 million for the pedestrian bridge with the understanding the bridge and museum projects would proceed together.

Plans call for a 400-foot, glass-walled pedestrian bridge spanning Water Street to the city's waterfront.The Coast Guard Museum Association, the fundraising arm for the project, has set a goal of $30 million in federal support.

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