DENVER (CBS4)– The chances that Denver will be the new home of the Medal of Honor Museum are less likely after a Tuesday night vote by the board of the Regional Transportation District. A vote on whether to use the RTD property for the museum failed before the board. The finalists for the new location are Denver and Arlington, Texas.
The museum operators expressed interest in building on the property next to the Civic Center Station at Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street, on a diagonal from the Colorado State Capitol.
RTD holds the lease for that land through 2075. On Tuesday night, the proposal to sublease to the museum needed eight votes but only received seven.
The RTD board members who voted against the proposal say the property is worth much more than the $123,000 a year the Medal of Honor Museum is willing to pay.
The final decision for the site of the museum is expected in October.
The following statement regarding the vote was released on Wednesday by Joe Daniels, CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation:
Denver is a great city, and we deeply appreciate not only the terrific meetings and conversations we have been having with local leaders on this recent visit but the community’s love of country, respect for our military and faith in the “Colorado way” of getting important things done. We continue to evaluate Denver and Arlington as the two finalist cities and remain on track to make a final announcement next month.