Marshals museum opening pushed back to 2017
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Officials have delayed the opening of Fort Smith's $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum until 2017.
The U.S. Marshals Museum Board initially planned to open the museum in 2016. But museum president and CEO Jim Dunn said Tuesday that it will take longer to build the 50,000-square-foot building along the Arkansas River.
Groundbreaking for the facility is still set for Sept. 24.
According to the Southwest Times Record (http://bit.ly/1cx2Y8o ), museum officials had raised about $14 million for the museum as of last December. Officials also anticipate receiving $8 million from a federal tax credit program and up to $5 million from the sale of commemorative U.S. Mint coins marking the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Those coins are set to go on sale Jan. 1, 2015.
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