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Council clears way for funding vote on Science Central planetarium

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday "untabled" an item that was put on hold back in April, clearing the way for a key vote on funding for a proposed planetarium.

Science Central is seeking $500,000 from the city's Legacy Fund to help install a planetarium that will use at its core a star projector previously housed at the University of Saint Francis.

The hands-on science center has been raising the majority of the money it needs since announcing plans last year, but seeks the Legacy funding to reach its goal of more than $2 million.

Tuesday's move means a vote is likely to happen next week, when the Council reconvenes.

When announced, plans called for a 1,500 square-foot attraction in a currently vacant part of the Science Central building.

Northeast Indiana has been without a public planetarium since the closure of the University of Saint Francis facility in 2016.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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