TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Construction work is underway on a multimillion dollar riverfront attraction in Toledo's Marina District. Heavy equipment and construction crews have been brought in to start building the new dock for the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship's location.
This is an $8.5 million project overall among the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, city of Toledo, and Great Lakes Historical Society.
The Ferry Passenger Terminal building will be used for indoor nautical displays. There will also be an outdoor visual component of public space next to the ship.
The goal is to have the space ready for the ship to be moved from International Park in the fall. The entire project will be wrapped up in May or June of 2013.
"We're going to be the home of a national museum with a rechristened ship with an unbelievable partner with the Great Lakes Historical Society. You don't necessarily get too excited until you see ground being broken and now that we're under construction, it does feel like it's really happening," said Paul LaMarre III, manager of maritime affairs at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
Next to the museum is the former Acme Power Plant. On Tuesday at 2 p.m., the city of Toledo will be opening bids to select a contractor to perform the rest of the demolition.
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