Cedar Rapids’ Science Station to sell two buildings

August 31, 2011 – 4:22 pm

KCRG reports:

The Cedar Rapids Science Center has asked City Hall to end the center’s $1-a-year lease on the city’s former fire station on First Street SE because the center is on the verge of selling its two buildings, including the former IMAX Dome Theatre, that flank the former firehouse.

Dan Thies, president of the Science Center’s board of directors, on Wednesday said the pending sale of the center’s two buildings comes now that the board has decided it will not return to the downtown in the three buildings along the Cedar River that had comprised the center’s Science Station before the June 2008 flood.

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As for the IMAX Dome Theatre building — the Science Station’s IMAX opened in 2001 and closed for good in 2008 because of a lack of attendance — Thies said it could be redeveloped for some other use, which is something the Science Center spent some time studying. One option might be to take out the theater seats and put in a second flood, which would double the building’s square footage without the need to expand, he said.

“I think you could do about anything you want with it,” Thies.

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