- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California Tower, a San Diego landmark that’s been closed to the public for nearly 80 years, is getting ready for visitors.

The tower’s owner, the San Diego Museum of Man, announced that it’s received final permission to complete renovations and improvements so the 10-story building can open on Jan. 1.

The elaborate, Spanish Colonial-style tower was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. It will open in time for the exposition’s centennial.

Small groups of visitors will be able to go up to the eighth floor, which has views extending from Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. The two top floors will remain off-limits.

Museum CEO Micah Parzen says the museum has raised a third of the $3 million it will need to fund the project.

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