Lighthouse fixes completed

The coast is now on the horizon in the city’s attempt to acquire the two lighthouses lining the entrance to Grand Haven’s harbor.
Alex Doty
Dec 10, 2012


“The U.S. Coast Guard did complete repairs to the entrance light, as requested by the City of Grand Haven,” said Dave Karpin, president of the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.

The repairs needed to be made before the deed could be transferred. The work included reinforcement and repair of damaged corrugated metal sheathing, and painting of the exterior side of the western end wall.

Karpin said the city is expected to inspect the repair work this week. After acceptance of the repair, Karpin said the city will move forward with the transfer sometime next year.

The city has been looking to take ownership of the lights for the past several years.

In the summer of 2009, the U.S. General Services Administration sent out a notice that the lighthouses would be available. Soon after, the city and the local lighthouse conservancy group began the application process to take ownership of the two Grand Haven lights.

With a successful application and repairs completed, the city is now in the final stages of taking ownership of the structures.

Work is also progressing on the fundraising front.

City Councilman John Hierholzer said more than $400,000 has so far been raised for the lighthouses' preservation. It has come from fundraising efforts, private donations and other campaigns.

Hierholzer also noted that Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy is developing a document for the lighthouses that will be used to help in future rehabilitation efforts.

“The conservancy is moving ahead with a historic structure report,” he said.


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