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Corvette museum decides to keep sinkhole

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WKYT/WYMT) - A sinkhole that opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, swallowing eight cars, could become a permanent fixture.

Since the sinkhole opened up four months ago it has become a tourist attraction and Wednesday the museum decided to keep it uncovered.

The board had three options on handling the sinkhole. The first was to fill it completely and replace the floor. The second was to keep the sinkhole as is. The third option, which the board chose, was to keep a small portion of the sinkhole open.

The plan would leave an opening approximately 25' by 45' wide, and 30' deep.

The board has asked for more information on the impact of humidity in the room and the impact that could have on any cars displayed there.

The museum's chief financial officer says since they opened the sinkhole up for viewing the museum has seen an increase in admissions and revenue.

The current plan is to leave the sinkhole and eight Corvettes on display "as-is" until the end of August.

"It's a release to have a direction and this will work now as we begin to move forward and be able to start construction in September, still things to do," said the museum's executive director, Wendell Strode.
The museum is keeping the option open to fill in the rest of the sinkhole should interest in the exhibit decrease in the years to come.

The Corvette museum will celebrate it's 20th anniversary in August.


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