Marcon said Friday it could take up to two weeks for Attorney General
Several museum board members met Wednesday in
"We don't have a clean bill of health, but it was a good meeting and we're encouraged that we'll be able to move forward," Marcon said. "The goal is to be able to make a joint statement in the next two weeks that satisfies the (attorney general) and the museum. We all want to put this behind us."
Marcon would not discuss what investigators said is keeping the museum from a "clean bill of health." However, when
Morganelli's grand jury investigation questions why after 17 years the museum hadn't opened, despite raising
The report alleged that Donches had been paid nearly
Marcon would not comment on whether Donches' reduced salary continues to be a sticking point with investigators, and Morganelli said he has not discussed the matter with Kane.
"We all want this to become something that puts those donations to good use. We all want the museum to be built," Morganelli said. "The grand jury did not make any suggestion to the (attorney general) when it forwarded the case, but if there was anything to take away from the report, it was the role of
Donches has commented on the matter only once. In a written statement in March, he explained that his salary was comparable to other similar positions, that he made tremendous progress in building the museum through two recessions, and never mislead donors about how their money would be used.
Though he agreed to a salary reduction, he's not commented since.
Marcon said if the museum board and investigators can agree on a joint plan in the next two weeks, construction to complete the first floor of the museum could begin and it could be open in late 2015 or early 2016.
Though the museum suspended its fundraising while the investigation proceeds, it did receive a
The museum was proposed in the 1990s to be the anchor of an entertainment district on the former Steel plant in south Bethlehem. But with funds short, it has since been scaled back to a fraction of the original plan. The property is now anchored by the Sands casino, which has helped generate hundreds of millions of dollars in redevelopment.
That includes the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, the
The museum has since downsized its plans and broken it into phases, tackling the first floor in its first phase. It will include artifacts from the
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