Boston's Faneuil Hall reopens Friday with a ribbon-cutting to celebrate renovations and the historic building's new visitor center.
The Associated Press reports:
The new enhanced facility includes interactive exhibits, an audio-visual orientation program, handicapped-accessible public restrooms and a bookstore.
The space also includes 7,400 square feet for visitor services and community meeting space.
The renovation, which resulted from a collaboration between the city and the National Park Service, cost $7 million.
The reopening will include a demonstration of a new National Park Service app for navigating Boston's historic sites. The app, NPS Boston, will be free to download on iTunes and Android.
The Boston Globe reports that "[t]he Grand Hall area, where the mayor delivers the annual State of the City address, was not renovated because it was not needed."
Faneuil Hall has been a Boston meeting hall and marketplace since 1742.
Update at 3:30 p.m.: Faneuil Hall has been reopened.
During the ceremony, Peter O'Sullivan, the renovation's manager, lauded the project.
"This is a great day in the city of Boston," he said, according to our Newscast unit. "This is arguably — probably — the most historic building in the country. And then it’s created probably about 100 jobs. Everyone is very proud of being part of the project."
This program aired on May 25, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.