Cleveland Metroparks to oversee Coast Guard station’s revamp


CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio Coast Guard station built more than 75 years ago is set to receive a makeover.

The Art Moderne-style Coast Guard station on Cleveland’s lakefront was built in 1940 at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The Coast Guard staffed the station until 1976 and the building has been empty ever since.

Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman told The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1Q97WZo ) late last month that the park system is overseeing the station’s restoration. The park system will manage the facility, and Zimmerman says the city of Cleveland will probably keep ownership.

The city spent $500,000 to close and stabilize the building in 2009. The building’s open structure had left it exposed, vandalized and filled with pigeons.

“If the city did not have the foresight to spend those funds to protect it from elements, quite likely it would have been lost,” said Sean McDermott, the park system’s chief planning and design officer.

The restoration plan would cost roughly $1 million, Zimmerman said.

Project partners include Sherwin-Williams; Pat Conway, a co-owner of Great Lakes Brewing Co.; the Burning River Foundation; and PNC Bank. More partners are expected to be announced later.

The Cleveland Foundation gave $50,000 in 2014 so the Metroparks could study a possible renovation.

Uses for the station have not been finalized, but could include a base for community sailing.

Exterior renovations are expected to begin by summer. Planners hope to complete renovations by next year, in time for the park system’s centennial.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com