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    Interactive Titanic museum planned for Niagara Falls

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    An interactive museum that hopes to recreate the experience of sailing on board the Titanic may be coming to Canada.

    A group in Niagara Falls, Ont., has conditionally purchased land that would house the museum and is moving ahead with plans to launch an exhibit dubbed “Experience Titanic.”

    David Van Velzen, who’s spearheading the project, says the museum will differ from many similar efforts around the world by focusing on an interactive audience experience.

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    Former arena to be demolished for Titanic museum?

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    This goes along with my posting from last week

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena could be demolished and replaced with a museum dedicated to — and modeled after — the Titanic.

    The city’s committee of adjustment approved an application from businessman David van Velzen this week for minor variances to a bylaw that would allow for a new facility to be built in the shape of the historic British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg.

    The Centre Street building, which most recently housed a sand sculpture attraction, was put up for sale in November 2014.

    A proposal to replace the old arena with an attraction

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    In last week’s “Center Gift Shop” torn down for a parking lot posting, regular visitor Drafty left a comment about another potential development in the city. Apparently the old arena on Centre St may be torn down to make way for an attraction that is a big boat (Drafty guess the Titanic). The a document on the city web site (or here if the city website link changes) indicates the application came from a David van Velzen. I searched for his name on Google, and the top result is a link to a LinkedIn profile. his title is “Owner/Director at The Titanic Project Inc”

    I drive by the old arena twice a day on my way to and from work, and I’ve never noticed any notice of public meeting. After Drafty linked to the document, the next time I drove over I pulled over to check out the building. As you can see by the pictures, I don’t imagine there were many people who could see the “Notice of Public Meeting” behind the glass on the door third from the right!

    You may recall that at one point HOCO Limited (the company that owns the south side of Clifton Hill, the company I work for) was considering a Titanic attraction.

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