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County waives fees for Brinton Museum expansion

SHERIDAN — The Brinton Museum near Big Horn received a conditional use permit from county commissioners Tuesday to build a 25,526-square-foot expansion into the hillside southeast of the current museum. It will be a three-story earth shelter structure that will offer additional gallery space, a bistro overlooking the Bighorn Mountains, a gift shop and office and event space.

The expansion will also include a 5,000-square-foot landscaped area to be used for outdoor events, construction of 38 new parking spaces and installation of a new water and wastewater system.

Private donations will help fund the multi-million dollar expansion and commissioners announced they will waive approximately $50,000 of building permit fees for the museum.

“We can see this as a major tourist attraction into the future,” Commissioner Terry Cram said. “When you have the big museum in Cody, this one will be on the map as a stopover on the way. We figured this is an economic development opportunity that we could help in a small way, really, when you consider the price of the project. It’s more of a token support to show that we are trying to help get this thing done down there.”

Tim Belton, architect for the project, said he hopes it will be one-half to two-thirds complete before winter sets in.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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