By Ryan Lillis
The wealthy couple seeking to stock a proposed Sacramento waterfront natural history museum with their collection of mounted exotic animals is delaying the plan.
Following community concerns and issues raised about the design of the project by the city's planning commission, Paul and Renee Snider are delaying a request to buy land for the museum until next year.
The Sniders plan to build a $15 million facility on Front Street, across from the city animal shelter, to house a new automobile museum and a museum displaying hundreds of animals the couple has hunted. The couple decided to delay the project last week following a planning commission meeting at which the project was discussed.
"It was obvious there were issues with the design as well as concerns that there hasn't been enough community outreach," said the family's spokeswoman, Jan Burch.
The Sniders had planned to seek approval from the City Council this fall to buy the land for the 178,000-square-foot facility. The site currently houses the California Automobile Museum.
Animal rights advocates - including the Humane Society - have objected to the plan. The Sniders want to include 60,000 square feet of exhibit space for their collection of mounted animals, including lions, a polar bear, deer, rhinos and a giraffe. More....