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Czech museum plans to rebuild in SW Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (AP)--The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library has decided to remain in a historic area of southwest Cedar Rapids hit hard by the 2008 flooding.

The museum board of directors voted unanimously this week to build an exhibition center and library adjacent to the flood-damaged museum.

Museum President Gail Naughton says the board will seek city help to lease space for the facility and remove a building at the site.

Naughton says plans call for building the museum above a parking garage to ensure it won't flood again.

Cost of the 60,000-square-foot building is estimated at up to $20 million. Funds must be raised before construction, but the state has already offered $10 million.

Officials hope to complete the building by 2012.

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