The parking lot at the Pottawatomie County Museum is beginning to take shape as construction crews continue to work on the project.

The parking lot at the Pottawatomie County Museum is beginning to take shape as construction crews continue to work on the project.

At the Nov. 20, 2016, Shawnee City Commission meeting, the Pottawatomie County Museum was approved for the parking lot to be repaved with the original brick pavers that were used on Main Street.

The bricks were uncovered during the Streetscape project. In addition to over 60 parking spaces, there will also be sidewalks around the museum grounds that will lead up to the entrance of the new museum.

All of the original bricks from Main Street were crafted in Kansas.

Total cost of the project will be $530,708.60. Parathon Construction was awarded the project.

According to a press release issued by the museum, construction on the additional museum for the Pottawatomie County Historical Society has been halted until additional funds can be raised to cover the cost of the remaining work that must be accomplished before the building can be occupied.

The increased cost of materials and the failure of some pledges to be fulfilled have resulted in a shortfall of the amount necessary to complete the work.

Currently the Board of Directors of the Pottawatomie County Museum Society is conducting a campaign for contributions to the building fund so that the new Paul and Ann Milburn Center and required landscaping can be completed this year.

The Santa Fe Depot is closed while street work is being done, museum staff is there from 10 am to 4 pm on Tuesday through Friday.

For information on how you can help with this project, call the museum at 275-8412 or email Ken Landry at ken@pottcountymuseum.org, Tom Terry at tomterry@att.net or Mark Schneiter at wmark.schneiter@sbcglobal.net .