A well-known tourist attraction in uptown Saint John will have new life as it moves to a location on Grand Manan, N.B.
The City of Saint John announced last week the lighthouse structure, located near the Trade and Convention Centre on the Market Square Boardwalk, will make its way to a new home in Grand Manan.
According to Gerald Mattsson, a municipal engineer for the city, the move is necessary as crews continue to develop the area in and around the waterfront, such as the AREA 506 Waterfront Container Village.
“We knew the waterfront development would, at some point, lead us to eventually relocate the lighthouse, or risk demolishing it altogether,” said Mattsson.
“Of course, finding a new location was the priority and we are so pleased to see it go to our friends at the Village of Grand Manan.”
The city says the lighthouse was built near the boardwalk and has most recently been used as a uniquely disguised storage area. Officials say it was never a functioning lighthouse, but residents and visitors have a soft spot for it as a fixture in the harbour.
Mattsson said the city has been working with crews on Grand Manan to develop a plan to ensure safe transportation of the lighthouse from Saint John to its new home.