City campus improvements make sense

Visit any of the government buildings at Grand Haven's Washington Avenue government campus, and you can tell the city’s occupied the space for quite some time.
Feb 7, 2014


A bulk of city operations is done at City Hall. Work also goes on at the City Hall Annex, as well as the Public Safety building, which is the newest building in the complex.

Like all things over time, there becomes a need to update and renovate buildings. This is no different for the City of Grand Haven.

In fact, city officials recently discussed the possibility of doing some renovation work at the complex that would upgrade several aspects of the government campus in the next few years.

These improvements include making use of unused space at the Public Safety building for the city’s Housing and Planning Department, as well as window improvements at the Annex, and heating and cooling improvements at all three buildings. According to city officials, a centralized heating and cooling system could save money, as the city spends about $100,000 per year on energy.

This kind of work just makes sense.

We’d hate to see money wasted on inefficient heating and cooling methods, and we’d also hate to see conditions deteriorate over time to a point that repairs are more costly, or that conditions are unsafe for employees and taxpayers doing business with city.

It’s also nice to see the city remain committed to its locations near the heart of downtown Grand Haven. Instead of wiping the slate clean and building something new, they’re making use of what they have, and keeping some of our communities’ unique facilities alive.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



To: Tribune: Please get a handle on SPAM comments like the one above.

Former Grandhavenite

Seriously, they could probably solve most of the issue just by making it so that the first post made by a new account has to be manually approved by a human moderator. If a new account's first post is spam then it'll also be their last post.


Good idea! You're hired! Oh, wait, do you have a journalism degree?

Tri-cities realist

Like that really matters. More like, have a heart beat? Yep, you're hired.


Yeah, that was suppose to be thinly veiled sarcasm......

Lani, you got a universal emoticon for Sarcasm?


:-S OR :-]


Think I'll go with option #1. That mouth shape can only help get the point across.


Hiccup! The second time was just for added emphasis I guess..... :-S


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