Why Chandler’s $13M museum will now cost half has much

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ChandlerBy Steven Totten | Phoenix Business Journal

The Chandler Museum has been on city leaders’ minds and appeared in various forms since the ’70s in the East Valley city, but things finally started to come together when the city approved bonds in 2004 and 2007 totaling $13 million to build a facility for a new museum.

Then the recession hit.

“Unfortunately the economic downturn really affected the plans,” said Jody Crago, museum administrator for the city. “We started to re-plan what we were going to do.”

The museum’s goods were housed in the historic McCullough-Price House, but with only 3,300 square feet of space, there wasn’t much room to put things on display.

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