Tank takedown

Alex Doty • Oct 26, 2015 at 9:02 PM

The landscape at Mulligan’s Hollow will look a bit different a few weeks from now.

The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power has contracted with Nunica-based Melching Inc. to conduct a storage tank removal project near the city recreation area.

“The BLP no longer requires the use of these storage tanks,” BLP General Manager David Walters said. “Therefore, we are having them removed so the property may be repurposed by the City of Grand Haven.”

In 2012, the large blue tank at Mulligan's Hollow was removed.

The above-ground storage tanks were installed on the hill above the BLP’s Diesel Plant on Harbor Drive to fuel the plant’s engines. Today, only one diesel engine remains in service at the old plant, and it uses a smaller tank located on-site.

BLP Environmental Compliance Manager Paul Cederquist, who is overseeing the tank removal project, said the crew from Melching will dismantle the two 400,000-gallon oil tanks and remove the metal for scrap.

"They will leave the cement foundations in place,” he said. “Environmental assessments will be conducted following the tank removal in two phases.”

The first phase will be a general environmental assessment of the area, Cederquist said.

“Grant funding was awarded to the City of Grand Haven for the Phase 1 assessment through Ottawa County,” he said. “Phase 2 is a below-grade assessment, which will be conducted following the initial Phase 1 assessment.”

The tank removal project began earlier this week and is expected to take 2-3 weeks to complete. Existing pipes and a pump house will also be removed during the demolition project.

The removal of the two green storage tanks comes a little more than three years after the old blue water tank was removed from the same area at Mulligan’s Hollow. The construction of a new tank adjacent to the Northwest Ottawa Water System facility, 30 Sherman Ave., allowed the old blue tank to be demolished in 2012.

Once the demolition project is finished, the city will determine land uses for the future of the site, BLP officials said.

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