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Upgrades unveiled at Old Fort Niagara

by jmaloni
Sat, Jun 5th 2010 08:00 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with the Old Fort Niagara Association, on Friday unveiled more than $850,000 worth of upgrades to the electrical systems and roofs at the site.

The two projects, which were deemed consistent by the Niagara River Greenway Commission and funded by the State Parks Standing Committee as part of the relicensing of the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project, include a total rebuild of the primary and secondary underground electrical distribution system both in the main park and the historic fort. Additionally, roofs on the buildings were replaced to the exact look of the pre-1920 period with additional modern upgrades to ensure a longer lifespan.

"These improvements will help to preserve the fort's historical integrity and ensure that future generations can enjoy the site. They will also enable us to provide better customer service and boost tourism in the region," said Robert Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara.

Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte said, "Old Fort Niagara is undoubtedly one of the richest historic venues in the Niagara Region, and it is imperative that this site continue to be preserved and protected. I am very pleased that the Niagara River Greenway Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have recognized the merits of investing in the much-needed improvements at the fort."

State Sen. George Maziarz said, "Old Fort Niagara is an unmatched historical treasure in Western New York. It's great news any time improvements are made to preserve the centuries-old collection of buildings for future generations of visitors. These electrical and roof projects are key to expanding the life and functionality of the fort today."

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