by Artvoice Staff (@Artvoice) - posted 5:15 pm, April 5, 2013
Niagara Preservation Coalition Seeks
Temporary Restraining Order Against Gorge Construction –
Environmental and Historic Impact Not Yet Assessed
Niagara Falls, NY– April 5 … Massive construction along the lower banks of the Niagara River gorge within one of the Natural Wonders of the World – will cover and entomb in concrete one of New York State’s most important historic artifacts, the former Schoellkopf Power Generation Station in downtown Niagara Falls, and must be delayed until all impact studies can be completed and reviewed, an environmental not-for-profit organization formed by Niagara Falls area citizens today argued in a document filed with the New York State Supreme Court, County of Niagara.
The Niagara Preservation Coalition (NPC) is seeking a Temporary Stay and Restraining Order against the “Maid of the Mist” project work at the legacy Schoellkopf High-Banks area near to the Falls, and is alarmed that the planned construction of a massive new storage and fueling shed for “Maid of the Mist” tour boats will irreversibly alter the great natural gorge and the surroundings, cause irreparable damage to the legacy power plant, it’s remaining hand-lain rock wall and the rivers edge where the plant collapsed. By removing large sections of gorge wall to accommodate their ‘Uber’ or massive crane, as well as the planned burial of parts of the Schoellkopf Power Station at the bottom of the gorge to accommodate an unneeded boat dock, important archeological, cultural and industrial history and heritage of Niagara will be lost forever.
The Schoellkopf Power Plant site and the remaining intact, in-place sections, have just been published to the National Register of Historic Places on February 20, 2012 and are heralded to be preserved here.
“It would be utter madness to allow for-profit commercial construction at this site and of this scale at Niagara Falls without a full environmental and historic analysis as well as public input,” said NPC president Lou Ricciuti, a former member of the Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and a nationally noted environmental researcher, writer and speaker. “Niagara Falls is one this nation’s most important and unique treasures, so to jeopardize the site for one single commercial enterprise is completely unacceptable. Niagara-area residents get the feeling that this construction is being rammed through before anyone can take a close enough look at its overall affects, so we are petitioning the court to halt construction until the true impacts of this construction can be determined.”
“The great falls at Niagara are 12,000 years old,” Mr. Ricciuti continued, “They deserve a little more respect!”