Group recommends demolishing Milwaukee's Mitchell Park domes

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A task force is recommending that Milwaukee demolish its aging Mitchell Park domes and replace them with a $300 million building that would house the domes' horticultural exhibits and the history museum.

Milwaukee County supervisors formed the joint task force in October to study the possibility of building a new Milwaukee Public Museum at Mitchell Park.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the park's three glass-and-concrete domes are in desperate need of repair with roughly $30 million in deferred maintenance, but cash-strapped Milwaukee County can't afford to restore them.

The task force suggests demolishing the iconic domes to make way for a "great cultural institution" that integrates the museum's existing collection with the plants currently inside the domes.

The museum plans to move into a new building within the next decade.