Station Nightclub Memorial Approved By State

PROVIDENCE (CelebrityAccess) – According to a group working to build a memorial on the site of the tragic 2003 Station Nightclub Fire says it has been given the final approval on their plans by the state and intends to start work on the memorial in early 2015.

Gina Russo, president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation told the Associated Press that the Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Transportation have signed off on their plans.

"It was a big deal for us and a big step," Russo told the AP. "As we have learned over the last couple years, it's not an easy thing to do. Patience. It's all about patience. We know the families are struggling."

Russo told the Associated Press that the group is still working to raise the estimated $2 million the memorial will require to build and maintain and is currently looking for charitable supporters for the project. Current plans include grading the site of the former nightclub with gravel, the installation of wiring and an irrigation system, followed by landscaping, monuments and a gazebo.

The Feb 20, 2003 fire, the fourth deadliest in U.S. history, started during a pyrotechnics display during a show by the band Great White, leaving 100 dead and 230 people injured. – Staff Writers

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