A large crowd of veterans and supporters crowded into the City Council meeting in support of moving the USS LST 325, a 75-year-old warship, from Marina Pointe to Downtown Evansville. When the decision was approved by an 8-1 council vote, the crowd cheered and smiled. It won’t be a cheap relocation. It’s expected to cost $3.9 million in total between the move and the planning and construction of a new dock and visitors center at Tropicana Riverfront Plaza. Still with other diverse funding, it’s expected to cost the city only $2.7 million.
The City continues to plan for the relocation of LST 325 along the Downtown Evansville riverfront. Show your support for the LST 325 at the Aug.13 City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Room 301 Civic Center Complex. Click the link for an update on the project: https://t.co/M1UmTgQnBb pic.twitter.com/OpiO7GklzC
— City of Evansville (@EvansvilleINGov) August 6, 2018
Currently, the USS LST 325 draws in 10,000 visitors each year. With the move, that number is expected to easily double right away. Its new location would bring more people to the Plaza as well as the LST, they expect. If all goes well, the relocation should be complete by next summer. Construction bids will go out as early as next month.
Check out this awesome video on YouTube to learn more about the USS LST 325’s history and current status:
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