Union City Museum Project to Capitalize on I-69

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A private foundation has announced a $100 million plan for a 50-acre complex that would capitalize on the future Interstate 69 corridor through West Tennessee.

The complex would include a museum, outdoor gardens, a visitors' center and convention space.

The Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation is pledging an initial $20 million to buy land, contract with an architect and build the centerpiece museum at the Discovery Park of America.

Foundation officials have signed a contract with Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, who has worked on several museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Quebec.

Another $20 million would be parceled out at $1 million a year to buy artifacts and rent exhibits. The remaining $20 million would be donated over time to ensure the park stays solvent, with more funds added from investors and possibly government grants and other funding.

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