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Albany- Another downtown project will start soon at the Wetherbee Planetarium.

Design work is underway now on a 3.5-million dollar expansion to the facility at Thronateeska Heritage Center. The planetarium's 20-foot tall dome will grow to 40-feet... and the capacity will expand from 35 to 100-people.

 "The visitors when they come to Albany and they come to our facility here at Thronateeska, they expect a high level of service and they expect a good experience and the technology today is just advancing so rapidly that with digital technology, dvd's and all the other videos, we have to stay on the edge of that market," says Thronateeska Executive Director Tommy Gregors.

Construction on the new planetarium may start as early as this summer.  It will be paid for with local sales tax revenue.

posted by len.kiese@walb.com