City commissioners to vote Monday on St. Joe, Mich. lighthouses

St. Joseph, Mich. St. Joe's North Pier lighthouses may be getting a facelift, and people are willing to put in the work to get them into top shape.

According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, city commissioners will vote Monday on whether or not to take over the 106-year-old structures.

Once the city takes control, they'll have to keep them up, or the lighthouses will be returned to the federal government, which declared them "unneeded" in 2008.

An architect estimates restoring them will cost $1.8 million, that includes repainting and repairs to the outside of the structure.

Officials say there are people from all over who have shown interest in helping.

Funding is expected to come from private donors or a city millage.

The first phase of construction will start sometime next year.


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