The ongoing project to modernize the Lexington visitors’ center just earned a boost of state support. The state’s budget for the new fiscal year, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last week, appropriates $200,000 for the renovation, which will cost about $4.5 million and aims to expand the visitors center’s exhibit space and amenities.
Likewise, state Sen. Cindy Friedman grouped the visitors center among other “key priorities” for the town, and Sen. Mike Barrett noted that the facility needs an upgrade. Prior to the project’s approval at annual Town Meeting, advocates said the building often becomes congested as tourists – whose numbers have tripled since the center opened 52 years ago – fight for space to view exhibits and buy souvenirs.