Paperwork mistake jeopardizes $14 Million project

ROSWELL, N.M. - It's the place you would expect to visit in Roswell. It brings in more than 12,000 visitors a month, but now big plans to build a new UFO Museum are not taking off.

Visitors come from all over the world, and according to the International UFO Museum and Research Center director it pumps about $14 million into the city's economy every year.

"It's a wealth of material that they've gathered," said California visitor Rhys Wade. "It's pretty interesting stuff!"

Wade and his friend Lee Armstrong both toured the museum Monday. They said the plans for a new museum look fantastic and would even entice them to come back. The problem is the $14 million project hit a snag.

"Our new building is on temporary, indefinite, time frame I don't know, it is on hold," said Museum Director Julie Shuster. "We still have the whole block, and we still have all the plans."

Shuster said the stand-still is due to a "paperwork error" that was out of the committe's control. The museum is an independent non-profit, and does not collect funds from the city or the state.

The museum's board of directors plan to re-evaluate things after the UFO Festival in July.

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