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Detroit – The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle remains closed for renovation work.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says steel trusses that support the conservatory dome are being replaced and lead paint abatement is required.

The project is scheduled to be completed in July. Officials are expected to evaluate the feasibility of opening the conservatory on weekends, including for the Easter Lily Show in late April. It periodically will open on weekends and holidays as construction conditions allow.

The project is the first phase of a comprehensive revitalization plan by the Natural Resources department and Belle Isle Conservancy for the conservatory and Belle Isle Aquarium. Additional funds are being sought for significant renovation to the upper portion of the conservatory dome.

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