Demolition looms for Aerospace Education Center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - To save $180,000 per year, Little Rock's airport commission may tear down the Aerospace Education Center, which has been shuttered since the start of 2011.

The seven-member commission is to vote Tuesday on whether to proceed with a plan to tear down the facility.

The center housed an IMAX theater, a planetarium and a library branch.

Arkansas Aviation Historical Society opened the center in 1995, having raised private funds. The airport leased it the land free of charge. When revenues declined to the point that the society couldn't keep the center open, the facility reverted to the airport, which has spent more than a half-million dollars for upkeep and utilities.

The commission is to vote on whether to accept a demolition company's proposal to tear down the building for $239,000.

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