Properties Magazine December 2012 : Page 56

Headquarters on the Harbor U.S. Coast Guard completes first phase of Cleveland Moorings Project along Lake Erie By Doug Bardwell | Photos by Ken Krych W atching over commercial and recreational boating on Lake Erie, the United States Coast Guard has been protecting our north shore from its current Cleveland location since World War II. Now, finally, the Coast Guard has new facilities designed for its expanded role in our home-land security effort. boat maintenance annex with engineer-ing, shop and storage facilities built on the site of the previous station which has now been demolished. The former facilities on the site were pre-engineered buildings purchased for the war effort back during World War II. Two barracks-style buildings were shipped to the site, adapted as best possible and occupied. Over the years, additional buildings were erected and modified as the capabilities and responsibilities increased for Cleveland’s approximately 100 Coast Guard personnel. Thinking back to WWII, there were no women in the Coast Guard at that time. The boats are now longer, wider, faster and have different mooring and maintenance needs. Electronics have also become vastly more evident and essential to their mission as well. It was obviously time to plan a facility that could accommodate these changes. However, since the station sits on such prime real estate, there had been talks about relocating the facility for years. “Way back in the Mayor White days and in subsequent administrations, they were looking for alternate locations for our facility,” says Doug McCann, chief of the Coast Guard Resource Planning Branch. “With the deep water needs of our 140-foot long Cutter Neah Bay and protected moorings for our smaller boats, there really wasn’t a better location.” After 9/11, former Senator George Voinovich was instrumental in cham-pioning funds for a new facility. Finally, a $16.8 million package was included as part of the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. Through the efforts of the Scaparotti Construction 3URSHUWLHV | December 2012 On a three-acre site at the northeast corner of East Ninth Street and North Marginal Drive, the new Cleveland Moorings Project is wrapping up phase one of a three-phase project. October 16 saw the ribbon cutting for the new 25,000-square-foot operations, admin-istrative and crew berthing building. With multiple nautical references in the architecture of the building, it is poised to keep watch over our Great Lakes for years to come. The new building is specifically designed to house Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Station Cleveland Harbor and Electronics Support Detachment Cleveland. Berthing rooms provide space for active duty operations personnel; and if there were an emergency call-up, addi-tional personnel could be housed as well. Phase II will see a new 9,000-square-foot 56

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