Childrens's Museum May Re-Open By the End of the Year

People involved with the Children’s Museum of the Highlands hope to reopen the facility by the end of the year.

The museum has been closed most of this year because of structural problems, including a partially collapsed section of the roof.

Jessica Hartline, president of the board of directors, said a plan for the repair work is being developed. She hopes the plan will be completed during the next several weeks, leading to the beginning of the construction.

The estimated cost is $298,000, of which insurance will pay most of it, she said. That includes bringing the entire building up to building codes, Hartline said.

Hartline said with donations, she believes the museum will have enough money to cover the remaining costs.

The museum Monday night received a boost from the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency.

The CRA board approved a grant of up to $5,000 for interior improvements.

The grant can be used for structure stabilization, room or space reconfiguration, life safety upgrade and utility-related improvements.


Source: Meisel, Jay. (2016, July 12). Highlands Today.