Science Central planetarium project delayed by Council

(Photo Supplied/Science Central)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Fort Wayne City Council hit the pause button on a proposal to give a Legacy Fund grant to Science Central last night.

The proposal was for a $500,000 grant for a new planetarium exhibit, spun out of Science Central stepping in when the University of St. Francis announced in 2016 its planetarium would close.

The total project cost would be $2.4-million, and the Journal Gazette reports that while many on the Council agreed it was worth funding, concerns about the Legacy Fund’s financial health – combined with the fact the Council already spent $10-million in Legacy funding on Electric Works last year – led the Council to table it on a 7-2 vote.

Councilmen Jason Arp and Paul Ensley indicated it could move forward soon, depending on a pending update on Electric Works progress.


  1. It sure would be wonderful if we could figure out how to actually utilize the two planetariums we already have (at Northrop and Wayne) rather than spending tons of money building another…


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