This summer, the bulk of the work will focus on the entrance light, which will be preserved similar to the inner light was last summer.
Despite the preservation aspects, there are some differences planned for this latest phase.
“The original plan was to sandblast the outside and paint it,” Grand Haven Public Works Facilities Manager Dan Vivian said. “You won’t see any scaffold like we had there last year.”
Instead, the lighthouse will be re-skinned with new corrugated metal siding.
“It’s a very cost-effective solution,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “We saved a lot of money on sandblasting.”
Vivian noted that by going with new siding, the cost of the project will be about $33,750.
“We’re looking at a change of about $11,000 to forego the sandblasting,” he said.
Funding for both lighthouse projects comes from donations raised by the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.
The decision to go the new route was made, in part, to give the structure a clean, patch-free exterior that isn’t susceptible to break-ins from vandals or other damage.
“The stuff that is up there right now has been patched,” McGinnis said. “We’re going to take that off and put new up. With it all one piece of metal, we think we’ll discourage efforts to break in.”
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