“We are about 98 percent done with phase one,” Grand Haven Transportation Director Tom Manderscheid said. “We spent about $585,000.”
Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb said it's encouraging to see the new developments.
“It is grant money, so it isn’t local,” she said. “It’s giving us the opportunity to serve the larger area.”
Work at the Ferry Street transit facility — which was built in the 1980s — includes the installation of a new roof and equipment to improve indoor air quality, and upgrades to the building's interior.
“Everything inside got a new coat of paint and energy-efficient lighting,” Manderscheid said. “Virtually nothing had been done in that 28 years (since it was built). It looks really nice.”
Interior improvements also include larger employee workspaces and better break rooms.
“We enlarged our employee area because we added extra staff since the expansion,” Manderscheid said. “We did all of that without altering the footprint of the existing building.”
An area that was once the entrance and lobby for Harbor Transit is now the dispatch center. Manderscheid said that they now have a physical records storage room.
The second phase of the project will provide more improvements to the bus service's headquarters.
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