“It is all going very well,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “We expect that it will be done by the end of this summer.”
Construction crews currently have the inner lighthouse wrapped in scaffolding and sheathing while they blast lead-based paint off the structures. They are also working on the interior of the inner light.
“We’re doing some spot repairs and doing some welding as we are going along,” McGinnis said. “We’re being very delicate with our maintenance (to not damage) the materials on the lights.”
McGinnis said crews hope to be wrapped up with the inner lighthouse work by the start of the Coast Guard Festival later this month.
“They will go back at it on Aug. 5 at the entrance light,” he said.
The entrance light will get a similar treatment of lead-based paint removal and a new coat of paint. And, like the inner light, there will also be work on the inside.
“They’re just going to recoat the floor and some of the concrete surfaces,” McGinnis said.
The cost of the work is about $250,000. McGinnis noted that no tax dollars are being used for the restoration effort; the funds were raised by the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.
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