At Waynesboro City Council’s regular meeting Monday night, a resolution to provide $1 million for a “Waynesboro Campus” of the Virginia Museum of Natural History downtown was approved.

According to the press release, the package includes “direct financial contributions, in-kind support and real property, and is contingent on the additional financial support from the Commonwealth of Virginia for the construction of a new building in downtown Waynesboro.”

“We are delighted to be working with the Virginia Museum of Natural History on their project to build a Waynesboro Campus,” Waynesboro Mayor Terry Short said in the press release. “Since the General Assembly appropriated funds for architectural and engineering design, the project is now considered ready for bid. We are fortunate to have a strong General Assembly delegation, and we hope they will be successful in the 2020 legislative session in securing final funding so that the project can move forward.”

Waynesboro City officials, the Waynesboro Economic Development Authority and the Center for Coldwaters Restoration have been working with the VMNH in Martinsville since 2011 to find a site for a campus in the River City.

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