Maid of the Mist begins construction on U.S. side

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Work is underway to build a $32-million winter storage and maintenance facility for the Maid of the Mist at the former Schoellkopf Power Plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y., less than half a kilometre from the Rainbow Bridge.

    The construction, which began a couple of weeks ago and is expected to be done by the end of the year, is being paid for by the Maid of the Mist, said company spokesman Kevin Keenan. Once completed, the facility will be owned by New York State Parks.

    He said platforms and a vertical lift will be installed to lift boats out of the water and place them in a storage area.

    “Crews will also be doing some work to increase access to recreational activities down there — increase access to the hiking trails,” said Keenan.

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