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September 13, 2013

Marine crane delivery marks Maid site progress

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Tonawanda News — That suit was struck down in State Supreme Court last month, but the company is appealing the ruling.

The Niagara Preservation Coalition, a preservation group formed after plans were announced to build on the historic site where power station buildings tumbled into the gorge in 1956, had sued the company and various state agencies in an effort to stop what they view as the destruction of the historic integrity of the site. The group has exhausted its legal options at the state level, but has continued its fight, suing federal agencies that oversee the use of the land on the grounds that, like the state agencies, they say pushed through review processes in order to appease Cuomo and other state officials.

Keenan said the company has no reservations about investing in the dock facility while court cases that could affect the Maid’s operations remain active because they are confident that they followed all state procedures and will be vindicated in court.

“A lot of smart, dedicated people at numerous state and federal agencies and other agencies have reviewed this project and thrown their support behind it,” Keenan said.

Keenan said the lower court decisions dismissing claims from both Hornblower and the Niagara Preservation Coalition are proof that the company and agencies acted properly.

“Every court that has looked at the project has determined that proper procedures were followed and allowed us to continue work,” Keenan said. “We’re confident that the proper procedures were followed and we have no reason to believe that our competition will be able to produce a different result.”

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257.

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