Council approves RDC request to begin construction

The Scottsbluff city council Monday evening approved a request from the Riverside Discovery Center to begin the initial phase of construction on their new facility. Executive Director Anne James says the RDC is required to get council permission to expand the facility.

James says the RDC would like to modify the existing entrance into an education center and also build the infrastructure of the new entrance area with the $1.4 million the group's Foundation has already raised. James says the RDC plan is to wait to build the Children's and Natural History museums until they get additional grant funds.

Mayor Randy Meininger praised the RDC's decision to build their facility in phases and construct only what they can afford at the present time.

James says plans also call for some of the Foundation funds to be used to change the route of visitors so they don't have to backtrack to leave the zoo. She says they will set up a circle route by placing a new petting barn between the bison and zebra exhibits, and provide a room where they will display heritage breed wildlife mounts.

James anticipates construction will start this fall.

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