Michigan organization that vowed to compete for local landmark changes direction, making city ownership likely
The City of Port Washington is one step closer to acquiring the landmark Art Deco lighthouse that stands at the entrance to its harbor.
It is the only entity that has submitted an application to the federal government to take ownership of the structure, said Michele Curran of the National Parks Service.
That means the Geek Group, a Grand Rapids, Mich., based nonprofit group aimed at fostering people’s interest in science and engineering that had expressed an interest in the Port lighthouse, did not turn in an application.
That news was greeted with surprise by Port officials, who have made a concerted effort to acquire the iconic lighthouse since learning last year that the Coast Guard was divesting itself of the structure.
“That’s wonderful,” Mayor Tom Mlada said. “I think we made it clear to the Geek Group that this was important to us.”
But the news doesn’t necessarily mean it will automatically be approved, he added.
“It doesn’t ensure we’ll be offered conveyance, but I think our chances are very good,” Mlada said. “I’m assuming we’ll be viewed favorably.”