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Keuka Lake State Park is still a potential museum site

YATES COUNTY—Keuka Lake State Park is one of the six finalist sites for the proposed Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum.
The finalists were announced, Tuesday, Sept. 29 at a press conference in Geneva.  A total of 15 locations in six counties were vying to be the site of the museum.
The other five finalist sites are as follows:
• Property adjacent to Wells College campus in Aurora, Cayuga County.
• Bush Farm in Aurora, Cayuga County.
• Sampson State Park in Romulus, Seneca County.
• Private property in Romulus, including property on Cayuga Lake.
• Geneva lakefront, including part of Seneca Lake State Park.
John Adamski, project director, said this decision completed the first phase of the project.  He said that next Thursday, the sponsors for each site will meet with him to discuss the next phase.  Adamski explained the sites will have to submit more paperwork, including information on financial inducements.  He said a final decision should be made by Dec. 1 of this year.
Adamski said the Keuka Lake State Park site made it to the final six because it had lakefront property.  He said having lakefront property at a site opens up the possibility to specific exhibits or marine research.
Of the 15 sites from the first round, four were from Yates County.  The three sites from the area that did not make it were the Morton Salt property, Branchport school, and the Keuka Lake Outlet in Dresden.
The plan is for the museum to be 40,000 square feet.  It would feature exhibits on area wildlife, Native American history, Mennonite farming, and the wine and grape industry.
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