Stimpson: GulfQuest not yet permanent occupants of building

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson says GulfQuest Maritime museum is still not an official tenant of the city-owned multi-million dollar building.

The city says within three months GulfQuest officials will receive a permanent certificate of occupancy and begin leasing the building from the city.

“What you have then the city will actually step back, we will service the building because it’s a city owned property, but at that point it’s in GulfQuests’ and its boards hands to finish all of their displays and prepare for grand opening,” said Stimpson’s Chief of Staff, Colby Cooper.

GulfQuest was given temporary certificate of occupancy two weeks ago so it can begin ” building out displays” according to Stimpson.

It is still unclear how long it will take GulfQuest to install all of the exhibits. A museum representative could not be reached for comment.

Meantime Cooper says the project has cost about $40 million dollars so far.

FOX10 News asked Copper if we could see the inside of the museum to take a look at the progress.

” That is something we will work with the Gulfquest board and make sure you have. I’ve been inside and I can tell you that it is going to be an absolutely world class facility,” said Cooper.

You’ll be the first to know when we get a look inside.

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