Museum may share old depot

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:29 PM

The local museum has asked the city to consider a modification to its lease for the Depot Museum on Harbor Drive to allow the visitors bureau to share part of the space. The museum’s lease with the city expires in 2016.

“What we have discussed doing is a user agreement between the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the museum for part of the space,” Museum Director Steve Radtke said.

The museum has proposed allowing the bureau to use a 12-by-10-foot office, as well as the front desk and a brochure rack. Visitors bureau employees could also serve as museum docents.

“We feel it is a good relationship between the two of us, because it allows us to share the space and allows it to be open year-round,” Radtke said.

Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Marci Cisneros said the two organizations saw an opportunity to collaborate with the deal.

“It made good sense for both of us,” she said.

Addressing some concerns from members of City Council about the proximity to the local Chamber of Commerce office and possible duplication of efforts, Cisneros said the Convention & Visitors Bureau encompasses a much broader territory than just the immediate Grand Haven area. Cisneros said the bureau offers resources for Allendale, Coopersville, Port Sheldon Township and West Olive, in addition to the Tri-Cities area.

“We do represent a district, and a larger area than what might be represented at the chamber,” she said. “We are able to represent a larger base.”

Reaction to the proposed agreement between the museum and the visitors bureau has so far been mixed.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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