Expansion of National World War II Museum approved

Expansion of National World War II Museum approved

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans City Council on Thursday approved a measure to allow the National World War II museum to begin a new expansion project.

Construction of the 30,880-square foot Hall of Democracy as well as improvements along the Magazine Street facade can begin.

"The National World War II Museum is a local treasure in the City of New Orleans," said District "B" Council member LaToya Cantrell. "The museum staff has done a tremendous job managing the developments that have taken place over the past few years at the museum. I have the utmost faith that they will continue to make sure that these new developments will be a great, long-standing addition to the museum."

The city says the Hall of Democracy will include an exhibition and retail space on the ground floor. Classrooms and a library will occupy the second floor and offices will be located on the third floor.

Construction is set to begin in 2017.

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