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Sault Ste. Marie Historic Water Pump Station Could Be Demolished

A historic building in Sault Ste. Marie could be demolished in the near future.

The Water Pump Station was built in the early 1900’s and was decommissioned when the new station was opened up in the early 1990’s. In the last three decades, the building, located at Sherman Park, has sat vacant and it’s condition has been deteriorating.

There has been some interest in making the building a restaurant or a brewery, but the cost was too high to convert it. There will be a public discussion about the future of the building at the July 5 commission meeting.

“At this point, without a sure-fire plan on rehabilitation for the plant, the city proposing to demolish it just based on the fact that it needs a lot of money to rehabilitate it or even to weather-tight it, and the cost of demolition is less than those,” said Brian Chapman, Sault City Manager.

Chapman took a tour of the inside of the plant a couple of weeks ago, and said it’s in worse shape than it appears.