Plan could reopen troubled Detroit Science Center

Donations, pledges totally more than $2.5 million slated for center

Detroit - A plan to revive the troubled Detroit Science Center is moving forward.

The center closed last September after its board decided an ongoing deficit had created a financial crisis that couldn't be fixed without halting operations.

But Ann Arbor businessman, Ron Weiser, bought the building and now donations and pledges -- totally more than $2.5 million -- are coming in.

It's slated to reopen as the Michigan Science Center, but no date has been set.

The building is shared with University Prep Science and Math.

Superintendent Margaret Trimer-Hartley said the students have missed it.

"Very quiet, a depressing year to not have our partner up and running," she said.

An average of 150,000 students were visiting the center before it closed.

"Every school in the state lacks the kind of resources available here at the Detroit Science Center. We need it, want it and cannot wait for it to return," Trimer-Hartley said.

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