On Monday night, Grand Haven City Council approved an introductory resolution that, upon final approval, would let the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau sublet the space. It passed 4-2, with Mayor Geri McCaleb and Councilman John Hierholzer voting against the plan.
The museum leases the property from the city. The sublease amendment would be written so that only the visitors bureau could use the space. This means that, if the bureau moved out, the museum couldn’t sublease the space to another organization.
In November, museum officials asked the city to consider a modification to its lease for the Harbor Drive location to allow the visitors bureau to occupy part of the space.
The city’s attorney reviewed the request and determined that the sharing of the space was not permitted based on the current lease. He developed a proposed amendment to the agreement to allow the sharing plan.
The museum’s lease with the city for the depot expires Dec. 31, 2016.
“They pay us $1 per year,” McGinnis said. “It was the original site of the museum.”
When the museum moved its main museum and offices to the Akeley Building at 200 Washington Ave., the depot was kept to showcase the area’s transportation heritage.
“At that time, they were given a 10-year lease,” McGinnis said.
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