Harbormaster building completed
MANISTIQUE – The new harbormaster building in the Manistique Marina is complete and awaiting summer boaters and visitors. The construction is part of the Downtown Development Authority’s three-phase, approximately $4.2 million renovation of the marina.
Olsen and Olsen Building Contractors, Inc., of Manistique, took on the project after placing the winning $1.9 million bid for the work. This phase of the project includes dredging; removal of existing structures, excavated material, sidewalks, and drainage and sewer pipes; site work such as site grading, sidewalks and signage; the replacement of the fueling system; broadside docking; installation of water main and sewer main; and the construction of the harbormaster building, flag pole, fixed barbecue, radio tower, landscape, and a bike rack.
The first phase of the project, completed in 2010, included dredging of the river and harbor. The final phase of the project will include the replacement of bin walls and installation of floating piers within the marina itself, as well as access, parking improvements, and the installation of playground equipment.
The new harbormaster building, completed on Nov. 14, includes restrooms and showers for those who purchase a slip in the marina, public restrooms, the harbor master’s office, and a public information area. Anyone with a slip will be given a key card giving them exclusive access to the private restrooms and laundry area.
The building is adorned with red cedar ceilings, neutral finishes, and even state-of-the-art security cameras to ensure the building and area is protected.
According to City Manager Sheila Aldrich, the ceilings and colors “make the building” – offering a sophisticated touch to a public building. Among the many features, the building boasts ADA accessible bathrooms, roomy showers with heating lamps, and a lounge area.
“This isn’t just for the boaters – it’s for everyone who uses the marina; the people who come down here with their kids and play on the playground equipment,” Aldrich said.
The new playground equipment, which will be included in the final phase, will begin once the DDA acquires the funding needed. Engineering on that phase will commence soon.
“Coleman Engineering is in the process of updating the engineering study on the final phase, which is replacement of the marina itself,” said DDA Chairperson Rick Demers. “Once the study is complete, we will look for ways to fund the project, which is estimated to be just over $2 million dollars.”
Demers added that if things go according to plan, the final phase could be complete within the next two years.
The exterior of the new harbormaster building has something to offer as well, Aldrich explained, as picnic tables, chairs and a barbecue area will be available for public use.
“I think the public will really appreciate it, and especially when they come down here and we’ve got picnic tables and a grill going and nice restrooms for them to use,” she said.
Each of the two public bathrooms offers two wider stalls, as opposed to three narrower stalls, Aldrich explained.
The building will open in the late spring or summer, weather permitting.
“All we’ve been doing … is starting to get it prepared,” Aldrich said. “We’ll start getting it cleaned up real well inside and work on getting the cameras set up.”
Fourth of July activities will likely take place in the marina this year, as long as areas excavated during the construction process are restored in time.
“That’s the only thing that would be the hold up,” she said. “But I know it’s the intention to have it here.”