Pale Blue Dot Ventures LLC is shifting forward with plans for a space-themed leisure multi-complex within the Lompoc Valley, regardless of lacking key milestones with the metropolis of Lompoc as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

“We might be coming again to the Lompoc Metropolis Council throughout the subsequent few weeks to offer an replace,” stated Pale Blue Dot CEO and firm founder Steve Franck, a Lompoc resident since June 2020 and headquartered at 1010 N. H Road.

Franck stated his crew will doubtless request a fourth extension on the Nov. 2 assembly and, within the meantime, work to satisfy the phrases outlined within the authentic July 2019 Memorandum of Understanding, which requires Pale Blue Dot to supply proof of $750,000 in seed cash, with at the very least $500,000 of that in money, in addition to furnish early design paperwork and a feasibility research.

With $300,000 in money and in-kind donations, in response to Franck’s Oct. 6, 2020, council replace, Pale Blue Dot nonetheless goals to shut the hole to satisfy the minimal money requirement. Seed cash will go towards the price of idea and feasibility research — each of that are central to advertising and marketing the mission, in response to Franck.

Pale Blue Dot hopes to accumulate roughly 82 acres of city-owned property surrounding and together with Ken Adam Park close to Hancock Faculty’s Lompoc Valley campus to develop CalSpace, an academic and leisure multipurpose venue.

Whereas the impacts of COVID-19 on the proposed California House Academy mission — dubbed CalSpace — coupled with uncertainties surrounding the presidential election and ensuing risky inventory market have hindered fundraising efforts, Franck stated substantive discussions with key potential buyers are ongoing.

“Regardless of COVID, now we have made progress in numerous areas,” he stated, noting that additional particulars might be mentioned on the Nov. 2 Metropolis Council assembly.

As markers are met, Pale Blue Dot could be poised to accumulate roughly 82 acres of city-owned property surrounding and together with Ken Adam Park close to Hancock Faculty’s Lompoc Valley campus to develop its formidable mission.

The academic and leisure multipurpose venue — to incorporate a number of academic features with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Know-how, Engineering, Arts and Math) studying — is designed with neighboring Vandenberg House Power Base in thoughts, and can function a house middle, a associated customer’s middle, an amphitheater and theater that can be utilized to observe launches. A lodge, eating places and retail outlets are also within the plans.

CalSpace’s studying goals might be aligned with state requirements for science camps, in response to Pale Blue Dot’s design plans, with the usage of a number of platforms together with video games, narrative and documentary content material, comics and graphic novels.

“Whereas we undoubtedly have a posh mission, we stay satisfied now’s the correct time and Lompoc is the correct place to inform humankind’s subsequent nice story as we return to the moon after which discover Mars,” Franck stated.

Lisa André covers way of life and native information for Santa Ynez Valley Information and Lompoc Report, editions of the Santa Maria Occasions.