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AMOA leaves downtown…..

AMOA leaving downtown, focusing on Laguna Gloria
Decision comes after millions spent on plans to build musuem in city’s center.

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
The Austin Museum of Art will give up the lease to its gallery at 823 Congress Ave., a space that it has rented since 1995, and focus on its Laguna Gloria property, a 12-acre historical estate and house in West Austin that is its original home.

Details were included in a fact sheet sent to the American-Statesman on Thursday, a document that museum board President Lynn Sherman said was also sent to board members and major donors.

The document said that the museum was investigating the “potential development of a sculpture park and nature trail” on the Laguna Gloria property.

It also comes after a December announcement that the museum sold its vacant downtown lot — bounded by West Third, West Fourth, San Antonio and Guadalupe streets — to Travis County for $21.75 million. The county plans to build a civil and family law courthouse on the site.

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