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Air Force Academy announces plans for new visitor center

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U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria announced plans to build a new visitor center near the Academy's North Gate during his state of the Air Force Academy speech Friday.

Silveria said the Air Force was in negotiations for a public/private partnership to build the new development on 57 acres of Academy property in the North Gate area.

The new center would be approximately 35,000 square feet and would feature a theater, exhibits, merchandise shop as well as a meeting and support space. In addition to the new center, there would be additional development that would feature hotels, retail space, an indoor skydiving facility and a Santa Fe trailhead center.

Silveria said the $35 million project is expected to break ground in 2019 and finish up in 2023.