GH Lighthouse Conservancy continues fundraising efforts

Plans are being developed to revitalize the icons on the south pier of the Grand River channel - the aging lighthouse and foghouse structures that draw residents and visitors alike. "The city is in the process of approving a quit-claim deed from the federal government,' said Dave Karpin, head of the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy. Once this occurs, Karpin said the city will own the lighthouses, but the conservancy group will maintain and operate them for the city.
Alex Doty
Jul 29, 2011

Those involved in the conservancy also said there was some environmental work taking place in regards to the old lighthouses.

“The city is currently undertaking some environmental studies to determine what needs to be done, as far as environmental remediation,” Grand Haven Lighthouse

Conservancy Treasurer Joy Gaasch said of the current stage of the process.

Karpin said studies have indicated that no asbestos has been discovered in the old structures, but there is lead-based paint that needs to be taken care of. He said a plan of action must be developed in order to deal with these environmental issues, then work can commence on other stages of the project.

“The ultimate goal is to allow the public to explore the lighthouse and the foghouse,” Gaasch said.

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