SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The Ice Age Discovery Center is returning to its former location on the Snowmass Village Mall.
Related Colorado donates the space to the center, for which the town pays some associated fees. The center was in the process of moving to a space below the Mall because Related had another potential tenant for that location, but that business withdrew its pursuit.
"It's great news," said Susan Hamley, director of Snowmass Tourism.
The visibility of that location makes it a prime spot, Hamley said. People passing by who don't know about the center are more likely to see it and stop in, and those who are aware can easily find it.
The Discovery Center houses informational boards and casts of pieces found in the 2010-11 dig at Ziegler Reservoir, which produced more than 4,800 ice age fossils. Since opening, the center has received 72,000 visits, Hamley said.
The center's inventory was moved back last week. Everything will be reinstalled and the center will be reopen by Dec. 5 at the latest, Hamley said.
"Snowy," the wooden model of the young Columbian mammoth found in the dig, made it back in one piece. Hamley said the team behind the Discovery Center is looking into getting another bone or adding another activity.
The fees associated with the space are a bit higher, so the center's spending about the same amount they would have for building out the new location. "But we're getting a primo space," Hamley said.