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Niles – A $275,000 project is taking place to fix the crumbling front porch and balcony and add a ramp for visitors in wheelchairs at the historic Chapin Mansion in southwestern Michigan.

The South Bend Tribune reports a contractor encased the project area with scaffolding and heavy-duty plastic so work could start in cold weather in Niles, which is located north of the border with Indiana.

Niles History Center Director Christina Arseneau says the project will take about four months to complete.

The city-owned mansion was built in 1882 and formerly served as City Hall. It’s the focal point of the Niles History Center campus, which also includes the Fort St. Joseph Museum.

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