- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An iconic railroad tower that has stood in Grand Rapids for more than a century has been revealed to the public after undergoing five months of renovations.

The renovated tower with a new green-and-white paint job was revealed at a small dedication ceremony Monday, MLive (https://bit.ly/2fdTL8e ) reported.

“This signal tower has been a beacon of the west side for a long time,” said Charlie Secchia, a partner with SIBSCO LLC, which owns the property.

Secchia said he purchased the property because of its investment potential. He said previously that preliminary inspections indicated that the tower was in rough shape.

The 50-foot structure is the only standing tower of its kind left in Michigan.

Grandville resident Max Crosby served as a historical consultant during the restoration. He said the signal tower is the last of many that would’ve been in the area during the 20th Century.

“This is one small piece of history,” said Grand Rapids City Commissioner Dave Shaffer. He went on to say, “I think this helps us understand where we were, but also to help write that next chapter.”

This tower’s foundation was poured in 1890 and was rebuilt sometime in the 1910s. It operated under four different owners until it was retired in 1980. It was used to operate track switches and lights that warned motorists about trains.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com

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