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Plan to Build State Space Center at Vandenberg AFB Scuttled

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  • March 28, 2011
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The California Space Authority last week ended its seven-year effort to develop an educational and tourism facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base through an enhanced use lease, citing the three-to-five-year delay that potentially could result from complying with county permitting requirements.

The Air Force Real Property Agency recently determined that the California Space Center is a private project and, as a result, would be required to comply with Santa Barbara County’s building regulations, reported the Lompoc Record. The authority entered into formal negotiations with the Air Force a year ago to lease 71 acres at Vandenberg, located on the central California coast.

On Friday, the authority announced it had decided to build the $220 million site in Lompoc on city-owned property outside Vandenberg, according to the Santa Maria Times.

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