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News museum moving – Will double in size

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The Freedom Forum won a $100 million bid to relocate its interactive news museum to Pennsylvania Avenue in the District of Columbia, the Washington Post reported on Aug. 8.

Washington city officials accepted the offer on a site between the White House and Capitol that will house the 300,000-square-foot Newseum. The proposed building will double the current museum in Arlington, Va., and could open as early as June 2003.

While the agreement is not yet complete, Washington Mayor Anthony Williams is pushing it forward.

The purchase price for the site, which currently houses the D.C. Department of Human Services and part of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the highest ever paid for land in the District of Columbia, the Post reported.

The $1 billion-asset Freedom Forum, based in Arlington, focuses on issues of free press and speech.

For full story, go to the Washington Post.

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