COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Taxpayers who have already donated $3 million for renovations to the historic downtown Pioneer Museum can expect to contribute another $2.5 million.
City Council tentatively approved the additional funds earlier this week and expects to formally vote on the matter next month.
Council members allocated $3 million for the project last year when they learned that the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needed to be replaced. the building opened as the El Paso County Courthouse in 1903 and became the museum in 1979.
Work on the project has yet to begin due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including rising construction costs and the challenges of installing a modern HVAC system in an aging building .
Officials said the project will help preserve the museum’s many artifacts showcasing local history.
The project is expected to begin early next year after the city decides on a construction bid; a timeline has yet to be determined, but officials said the work will require the museum to close for two months.
Admission to the museum is free.
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