Marina patrons in South Haven will have a larger building for a common
area, showers and restrooms thanks to a grant made through the Michigan
State Waterways Commission.
A grant for $814,200 has been
granted to the City of South Haven
for improvements to the North Side
Marina. The city's matching revenues for the project will come from its
marina fund. Revenues from marina operations make up the fund. City tax
dollars will not go into the improvements.
The grant will cover
50 percent of the cost of building a new restroom and offices at the
marina. The building will expand from 900 square feet to 3,100 square
feet. It now has a customer service desk and one room for an
City officials worked with boaters and neighbors to come
up with the design of the building. The project has been in the works
for several years.
The city hopes to see the project under way by Labor Day, says Paul Vandenbosch, of the city harbor commission.
The city anticipates that the construction of the new facility will
result in higher numbers of seasonal and transient, or overnight,
boaters using the North Marina facility for many years to come, says
Brian Dissette, City Manager.
"For the past few years the
city's marina, along with most private marinas along Lake Michigan,
have seen falling slip rentals due to a variety of factors, like the
cost of fuel, bad weather, and the economy," Dissette says. "It's our
hope that constructing a new facility, which provides better restrooms,
showers, and accommodations, along with providing barrier free
facilities, that we will see increased slip usage and greater numbers
of boaters using the North Marina."
The Michigan State Waterways
Commission is responsible for the acquisition, construction, and
maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching
facilities, and administration of commercial docks in the Straits of
Mackinac.Writer: Kathy Jennings
Source: Paul Vandenbosch, South Haven