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$70 million National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial education center construction project to be delayed a year

A proposed $70 million education center near the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial has been delayed.

Jim Laychack, executive director of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, told NBC-4 TV that road reconfiguration has delayed construction by about a year. The planned center will be within walking distance to the memorial and near the future Arlington National Cemetery expansion.

Laychack told the broadcaster that construction likely wouldn’t begin until late 2024 with a possible opening in 2026 – 25 years after the attacks.

The important thing is to get it done and get it done the right way and get it done in a way that we, that’s reasonable in terms of, in terms of cost,” he said.

“We’re trying to do everything to kind of make it a little bit easier for people to come here, visit the memorial and then come to the visitor education center,” Laychack said.

He said the fund has raised about $14 to $15 million, and is looking at possible federal funding for the project.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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