Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and former State Representative Kevin Elsenheimer, along with officials from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), came to Boyne City Wednesday July 20, 2011 for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the 1910 Water Works Building. Calley attended because state grants helped improve the city water system and restore the 100-year-old building which is located at the intersection of Park and Division Streets. They joined many city officials, residents and CCHPS members for the celebration. CCHPS member Candy Brennen braved the heat and took pictures of the event for CCHPS. Candy is also a member of Questers Petoskey Chapter who recently chose to contribute to CCHPS, in support of its efforts to construct a historical display inside the Water Works Building. The Water Works Building in Boyne City was built in 1910 and is the oldest building the city owns. For more than 30 years, the building sat vacant and wasn’t being used, but it has received a facelift, and Wednesday the ribbon was cut. Boyne City City Manager Michael Cain said “The suggestion came up from our waste water superintendent how about restoring it to part of our active water system, and through that, we were able to get some grants, put in a lot of city money in regards to it, also some private donations, and what we have today is a success of all of these efforts,” The Water Works Building will now have public restrooms for passersby on the multi-use path and will soon be the new home of a historical interpretation center.
After 3 years of discussions, advocacy, and work, Boyne City has completed this preservation and restoration project. Read about the project and see “before” pictures HERE.