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Czech Museum moving, literally

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids made a major announcement this morning.  They are literally moving the building across the street.

Plans are in the works to move the 18,000 square foot facility across "A" Avenue to the site where the Roundhouse Market currently sits.

The City of Cedar Rapids says the Roundhouse Market was heavily damaged and can't be moved, so it will be torn down.

The Roundhouse site will be elevated so that the main floor of the museum will sit three feet above the 2008 flood level.  The ground floor of the building will be parking.

The site improvements and move of the current building are slated to be done in 2010.  The construction of the additions will begin in 2011, with an opening date sometime in 2012.

The decision to move the 15 year old structure came in part because the museum can no longer get insurance coverage for its exhibits and collections with the building in its current location.

The design of the new building and engineering studies are currently underway.

The move of the building is estimated to cost $740,000, with a total project cost of about $25 million.

So far, the museum has obtained $10 million in funding from the I-Jobs program and are working to raise the other $15 million.

The move of the current building is expected to happen sometime in the second half of 2010.

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