Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cleveland Ledge Light Station, Massachusetts, available to a suitable new owner

Under the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, the 1941 Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse in Buzzards Bay is 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, park, recreational, cultural or historic preservation purposes.

Any eligible entity with an interest in acquiring the described property for a use consistent with the purposes stated above should submit a letter of interest to the address listed below by 60 (sixty) days from the date of this Notice (June 1, 2010).

Letters of interest should include:

· Name of property

· Name of eligible entity

· Point of contact, title, address, phone and email

· Non-profit agencies must provide a copy of their state-certified articles of incorporation

Eligible entities which submit a written letter of interest will be sent an application from the United States Department of the Interior and given an opportunity to inspect the property. Building inspectors and/or contractors may accompany the applicant on the site visit. The completed application must be submitted to the National Park Service within 90 days after the site inspection. The National Park Service will review applications and may select a steward. The General Services Administration (GSA) will deed the Property to the selected steward.

"The successful grantee may need to obtain a Chapter 91 license from The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ("MassDEP"). To determine whether a Chapter 91 license is necessary, Grantee is required to file with Mass DEP a Request for Determination pursuant to M.G.H.91, the Public Waterfront Act, and the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto at 310 CMR 9.00."

Point of contact at MassDEP is Ben Lynch at (617) 292- 5615

Letters of interest should be sent to:

U.S. General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service

Real Property Utilization and Disposal Division

10 Causeway Street, Room 925

Boston, MA 02222

Attention: Barbara J. Salfity or

A copy of your letter of interest should be sent to: Ms. Brona Simon, SHPO & Executive Director, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Here's more from the announcement from the General Services Administration:

GSA Control No.


Property Identification

Cleveland East Ledge Light Station (the “Property”) – offshore.


Buzzards Bay, Cleveland Ledge Channel

Nearest town is Pocasset (Bourne) Massachusetts. Located on the Western entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. Approximate location Lat/long 41º 37’ 85” N 70 º 41’ 65” W


Classified as Art Moderne. Cleveland Ledge is an approximately 70 steel and concrete tower over a square dwelling that is constructed on top of a cylindrical caisson foundation. (Photo courtesy of:

Condition of Property

The property is offered “AS IS’ and “WHERE IS” without representation, warranty, or guarantee as to quality, quantity, title, character, condition, size or kind.

Range of Possible Uses

Under the NHLPA, Property may be obtained for educational, park, recreational, cultural, or historic preservation purposes.

Commercial Activities

Commercial activities are prohibited unless approved by the Secretary of the Interior.

Historical Information

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places (#87001462) and must be maintained according to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Historic covenants will be incorporated into the deed.





Aids to Navigation (ATON)

ATON will remain the personal property of USCG. The United States reserves an unrestricted right for ingress and egress to maintain, operate, repair, replace or relocate the aid to navigation and any associated equipment, and an arc of visibility for said aid. Flashing white light every 10 seconds and a fog signal horn, which has a 2 second blast every 15 seconds.

Easements to be retained by the U.S. Coast Guard

1) The unrestricted right of the USCG to keep, locate, service, maintain, operate, repair and replace aids to navigation and any and all associated equipment, on the Property.

2) The unrestricted right of the USCG to relocate or add any aids to navigation and any and all associated equipment, or make changes on any portion of the Property as may be necessary for navigational purposes

3) A right of access in favor of the USCG for the purpose of servicing, maintaining, locating, operating, repairing and replacing navigational aids and any and all associated equipment on the Property. The USCG shall have the right to enter the Property at any time, with reasonable notice, for the purpose of maintaining the navigational aids and performing the other functions contemplated herein. Access shall be across any portion of the Property as necessary. Upon completion of the servicing, maintaining, operating, replacing of navigational aids and any associated equipment, the Property shall, at the sole cost of the USCG, subject to the availability of appropriated funds, be left as nearly as reasonably possible in the same condition before any such work began.

4) A reservation to the USCG for the purposes of preserving an Arc of Visibility from the Property to the shoreline within the radial arc of 360 degrees true and the stipulation that nothing will be constructed maintained or permitted of a height sufficient to interfere with or obstruct the Arc of Visibility of the Property.

5) An easement to the USCG for the purpose of sounding, in certain weather conditions, a fog signal horn.

Environmental Information

Due to the age of the structure, asbestos containing building materials and lead-based paint may be present.. One dry type transformer is located in the basement (electrical cage) [Currently 10 NiCad and 6 lead-acid batteries are located in the battery. All batteries will remain in place and are the owned by the USCG]


Water access only. Inspection for eligible applicants only will be arranged by GSA after the 60-day screening period is completed. A Waiver of Liability must be signed in advance of the onsite inspection. Contact: Barbara J. Salfity @ 617-565-5696 or in Boston with any questions.

Dark days for Canadian lighthouses

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to abandon ownership of nearly all of Nova Scotia’s lighthouses, including the famed icon at Peggys Cove.

The sudden move "is a real change from previous federal policy,” said Dan Conlin, marine curator with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. “It’s very ominous."


Above: Peggys Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, photo by Jeremy D'Entremont