It generated a huge amount of public interest that drew visitors from all corners.The museum considered keeping a section of the hole open as a display but they’ve changed their mind and now the hole will be sealed up for good.
The sinkhole is huge, going 30 feet down into the earth and measuring 65 feet long by 45 feet wide. The museum’s executive director, Wendell Strode, told the Detroit Free Press, “We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit of what it was like, but after receiving more detailed pricing, the cost outweighs the benefit.”
The process would have involved constructing 35-foot retaining walls with support beams that would have cost about $1 million. That cost proved too steep, so plans to repair the hole completely will begin in November and continue for the next six months.