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Roswell UFO museum scraps new building plans

The sign where the new museum was going to be built. (credit: KOB Eyewitness News 4)
It was just two weeks ago that we reported major changes made to the Roswell International UFO Museum and Research Center’s website. But it now appears that the museum has scrapped plans to make their biggest change of all–a new building.

Ground breaking took place two years ago on what would have been a new $25 million home for the museum near the heart of downtown Roswell. But according to KOB Eyewitness News 4, on Tuesday, October 11, officials from the museum announced that the project has been scrapped, and the $2 million lot where the building was going to be constructed will now be sold.

The museum will reportedly stay at its current location after securing “not only a long term lease, but an option to buy the property,” according to museum representative Jack Swickard. Plans are being developed to renovate the museum’s existing building, and negotiations are reportedly underway to perhaps purchase neighboring buildings.

According to KOB Eyewitness News 4, an economic study shows that the Museum “brings in an estimated $57 million into the state’s economy and attracts around 150,000 visitors each year.”

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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