Fort Discovery still for sale

A year after it was announced that Fort Discovery was up for sale, little has changed for the science center.

It's still open. It opened a new exhibit in June, and is gearing up for tonight's Best of Augusta Bash and planning for the annual Halloween Spooktacular later this month.

It's still in need of a buyer.

A few prospects have expressed interest in the property, but as of right now, the property is still available, said Dennis Trotter, one of the Meybohm Realtors' agents assisting with selling the property.

He wouldn't say who the prospects were.

Fort Discovery, which is operated by the National Science Center, is listed for sale at $5.5 million and has 118,000 square feet, according to Meybohm Commercial Properties Web site.

Fort Discovery is only one element under the National Science Center's umbrella. The organization also has outreach programs such as Fast Track Science, summer camps held throughout the country focused on the science of racing, a computer software program used for teaching pre-algebra and algebra and two mobile discovery centers that provide interactive demonstrations.

The science center will continue to operate until it is sold and won't affect other National Science Center programs, officials have said.

Fort Discovery is the National Science Center's operation base; however, once the property sells and is closed, officials have said that they plan to move its operations to an administrative building on its 88-acre property near Fort Gordon.

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