Notice of Availability published for Keweenaw Lower Entrance Light in Houghton County, Michigan
March 25, 2022
CHICAGO – On March 22, 2022, a Notice of Availability on the Keweenaw Lower Entrance Light on Lake Superior in Houghton County, Michigan, announced the light has been determined to be excess to the needs of the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security.
Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, 54 U.S.C.305102 (NHLPA), this property is now being made available at no cost to eligible entities defined as:
- Federal agencies.
- State and local agencies.
- Non-profit corporations.
- Educational agencies or community development organizations for educational purposes.
- Park, recreational, cultural or historic preservation purposes.
The Keweenaw Lower Entrance Light is a white, octagonal, 68-foot-tall tower on a concrete pierhead. The light station is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and must be maintained according to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
The light station is located on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigational structure such as a breakwater, jetty or pier. For access to and utilization of the light station, the selected steward must obtain the required authorization from the U.S. COE district office having jurisdiction for the navigational structure.
Any eligible entity with an interest in acquiring the property for a use consistent with the purposes stated above should submit a letter of interest within 60 days from the date of the notice (March 22, 2022).
Letters of interest should include:
- Name of property.
- Name of eligible entity.
- Point of contact, title, address, phone and email.
Non-profit agencies must also provide a copy of their state-certified articles of incorporation before the end of the 60-day notice period.
Eligible entities which submit a letter of interest will be sent an application from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and given an opportunity to inspect the property. Building inspectors and/or contractors may accompany the applicant on the inspection. The application is due within 90 days from the date of the site inspection.
The NPS will review all applications submitted and may recommend a steward to receive the property. If a recommendation is made, the General Services Administration will complete the conveyance to the selected steward with a quitclaim deed. Pursuant to Section 309 of the NHLPA, the property will be sold if it is not transferred to a public body or non-profit organization.
Letters of interest should be directed to:
Mr. Luke Barrett
U.S. General Services Administration
Real Property Utilization and Disposal Division
230 South Dearborn Street, Rm. 3540 (or Rm. 3329 for FedEx)
Chicago, Illinois 60604
The marketing and sales effort is being handled by GSA’s New England Region Real Property Utilization and Disposal Division. The division provides realty services to federal agencies throughout the region, as well as in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370-million rentable square feet and overseeing approximately $75 billion in annual contracts. GSA’s mission is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology and other mission-support services across government in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities. For more information, visit GSA.gov and follow us at @USGSA.