A memorandum was signed that paved the way for a Coast Guard museum in New London.
The agreement between the state of Connecticut, the United States Coast Guard, the city of New London and the National Coast Guard Museum Association was made official during a ceremony Wednesday morning.
Officials said it happened at Union Station on Water Street in New London.
On hand were Gov. Dannel Malloy, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio and James Coleman, Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association.
Under the agreement, the state would support and assist with the development, design review and approval of the National Coast Guard Museum plans and specifications for the site, officials said.
The state would also assist with the coordination of local development to support the museum project, including permits, variances, zoning and other approvals within its jurisdiction.
Plans for the museum were announced in April of 2013. They include a four-story, 53,300-square foot building with several floors of interactive exhibits, event space and lecture rooms.
There will also be a gift shop and cafe, officials revealed.
The Coast Guard's tall ship, the Barque Eagle, would also dock there, they said.
More information about the National Coast Guard Museum can be found here.
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