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After years of disuse and neglect, a children's museum in Los Angeles is set for a major overhaul which will refinish the underused, underfunded building into the Discovery Science Center Los Angeles, a site which will serve as a major attraction and educational asset for the city and the State of California.
A never-used, $21.8-million children's museum the city built next to Hansen Dam Recreation Center on Los Angeles' northern edge is back on track to become an attraction and an educational asset after years as a municipal white elephant.
After more than two years of discussions with operators of the nonprofit Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, the City Council has approved putting an additional $18.1 million into the project, which will enable Discovery to equip the 57,000-square foot San Fernando Valley site with environmental and other science exhibits.
It's expected to open in December 2014. For now, the new museum is being called Discovery Science Center Los Angeles.