The team behind the development of a proposed space center on city-owned land in Lompoc has again received more time to meet key milestones.

On Tuesday night, the Lompoc City Council unanimously approved the fifth extension for Pale Blue Dot Ventures, but for a shorter delay than in the past. 

The proposal centers on the potential sale of about 82 acres of city-owned property, including and adjacent to Ken Adam Park, for the development of a space center focused on entertainment and education.

Under the revised timeline, Pale Blue Dot must provide:

» Proof it has completed seed funding by Sept. 30, instead of Aug. 30, adding up to a 30-day extension.

» A concept and feasibility study and experience design plan by Dec. 31, instead of Aug. 30, for a 4-month extension.

Additionally, the exclusive negotiations period will end Dec. 31, after staff suggested a March deadline.

Councilwoman Gilda Cordova pointed out that missing either of the first deadlines would make that deadline moot.

The council initially approved the memorandum of understanding in 2019, and granted several extensions, mostly due to the impacts of the global COVID-19 public health crisis impacts on completing the milestones. 

Under the pact, Pale Blue Dot Ventures must provide proof of seed funding totaling $750,000, with at least $500,000 in cash. 

Pale Blue Dot has provided a deposit of $25,000, which has covered the city staff costs for dealing with the extensions.

Before discussing the item in public, the council talked about the request during a closed session. 

Pale Blue Dot’s proposal centers on education, and includes other aspects that it says it needs to make sense economically.

Those leading the effort previously said they hoped to include a conference center that could attract “Star Wars” or “Star Trek” fan conventions or lecture series.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.