Planned Cleveland auto museum in doubt

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland-based historical society could lose its lease on a city-owned lakefront property where it plans to build an auto museum.

The Western Reserve Historical Society must raise $31 million and get federal approval for the proposed museum by the end of the year.

The historical society said that it wouldn't break ground for the Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry unless it can raise the needed funds. Federal approval also has been a problem because the proposed museum will sit partially on the Burke Lakefront Airport parking lot.

The historical society has been working on the lakefront auto museum deal for several years. It hopes to build the museum along Lake Erie near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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