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Plans To Build Observation Tower At Camden Aquarium Announced

By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – The Camden skyline is about to change — officials at the Adventure Aquarium have announced plans for a 300-foot tall observation tower.

The Skyview Tower will lift visitors 25 stories above the Adventure Aquarium for spectacular views of the riverfront, says Aquarium executive director Kevin Keppel:

“Camden City Hall is a little over 300 feet tall.  And the court building across the street is not 200 feet.  So if you have those as a frame of reference, you understand it’s actually going to be one of the tallest structures around.”

No public money is involved. The company that runs the aquarium is paying the $5-million cost.

Camden Mayor Dana Redd speaking at the project's announcement at the aquarium. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Camden Mayor Dana Redd speaking at the project’s announcement at the aquarium. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

The tower is being built by Tower Systems, LTD, a British startup. It is expected to attract 150,000 visitors a year.  Keppel says it’ll have a separate admission price from the Aquarium.

Construction is expected to begin next year with completion slated for the spring of 2015.

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