Created: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 05:34:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:18:38 EST
The Tubman African American Museum plans to continue construction on the interior of its Cherry Street location and have it open by January 2015.
Construction on the 49,000 square foot building started in 2001 but after running out of money in 2005 the building’s exterior was only built. Now museum director Andy Ambrose said the museum has about $6 million to complete the work.
Some of that money comes from the special purpose local option sales tax Macon-Bibb County voters approved in 2011 to allot $2.5 million to the building’s completion.
“That $2.5 million dollars has really enabled us to finally move forward with this to get this going and to relaunch the project,” Ambrose said. “It really makes it a community project which is the way we always looked at it and the way it will be."
Right now air ducts and construction equipment sit inside. Despite the building being almost six times larger than the original building, Ambrose said it’s won’t be challenge filling it up.
"Most of our collections are offsite,” he said. “We could even if we built it all and opened it all up we can actually fill it with what we have."
Ambrose said the drawings for the interior floor plans are expected to be complete next week and he hopes for construction to begin by the end of the year.