- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Annenberg Foundation will contribute a $20 million matching gift toward the development of a marine research center at the Port of Los Angeles.

The $217 million project, called AltaSea, will be built on a 100-year-old wharf on the San Pedro waterfront. It is being developed through a public-private partnership between the port and universities.

The contribution announced Wednesday is the second gift from Annenberg. In 2013 the foundation pledged $25 million toward the center, which is expected to take 15 to 20 years to complete in two phases.

Labs with circulating seawater, classrooms and support facilities will be housed on 35 acres.

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