Colby Cooper, the mayor’s chief of staff, sent a letter to the City Council yesterday announcing that GulfQuest had been issued its official Certificate of Occupancy.
Cooper called it “a significant next step and puts the project in its final stretch.”
Previously, GulfQuest Director Tony Zodrow explained that the opening date of the national maritime museum was dependent on the certificate, because sensitive displays and equipment could not installed until major construction was complete.
In April, Zodrow suggested the target opening date would be six months after the certificate was issued, putting the grand opening somewhere around the end of the year.
The $45 million project, which has been under construction since late 2009, has faced multiple delays. Meanwhile, Cooper said the city “will continue to work with GulfQuest to finish final punch list/close out items and certainly be a partner in the long-term endeavor.”
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