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Official Says Deal Will Soon Be Signed For Rosie's Plant

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 8:54am
Mike Householder, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The leader of an effort to save a portion of Rosie the Riveter's old Detroit-area factory says his group is moving forward on a purchase agreement for the property and could begin construction as early as this fall.

Yankee Air Museum founder Dennis Norton says he and the Willow Run facility's owner soon will sign the deal and expect to formally close on the sale next month.

Norton's group raised millions to buy a 150,000-square-foot piece of the plant for use as the new home of the Yankee Air Museum.

The rest of the Ypsilanti Township factory where Rose Will Monroe helped make bombers during World War II is being razed.

Norton says museum construction can't begin until demolition is completed. He's hoping that will come in late September.

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