City of Lompoc hopes new plans for California Space Center can move forward

Feb 6, 2015

Credit California Space Center Consortium

The City of Lompoc is excited about an updated plan to build a local space center that city leaders hope will draw tourists globally. 

The multi-million dollar California Space Center facility is proposed for 82 acres of city-owned land near the Allan Hancock College Lompoc campus.

Economic development director Teresa Gallavan says this $300 million proposal could provide more than 3000 jobs.

"There is clearly enthusiasm for the concept of a space center. its something that resonates with the community and is such a unique draw that builds upon the assets of the region of our area," said Gallavan. "That is something that inspires folks and gets people excited about the proposal and the concept."

The Lopoc City Council began negotiating this week to make sure there is enough funding to complete and support the project. The city has 90 days to come up with a deal.

Gallavan says she hopes approval will come within the year.