Preliminary approval has been secured for a $19.7m visitor centre at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in New Jersey.
The Alexander Hamilton Center project was discussed recently by the National Park Service Development Advisory Board. According to Darren Boch, superintendent of the Great Falls National Historical Park, “they were all supportive of the idea.”
Boch reported that the board recognised the need for a facility that is engaging, educational and attracts a diverse crowd of visitors. The proposed 7,500 square feet, multi-level visitor centre will feature interactive exhibits. The exhibits will showcase the history of the city of Paterson in the industrial revolution, including associated immigration and labour movement.
The visitor centre takes its name from the founder of the city of Paterson. It will be located on site of a former steam plant foundation in the Overlook section of the Paterson Great Falls national historical park.
Now that the project has preliminary approval, two draft agreements must be signed between the park service and the nonprofit Hamilton Partnership for Paterson. Upon review, the board will approve, disapprove, or suggest changes to the construction documents.