Detroit-area councilman wants to save obsolete water tower | Michigan News

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — It’s rusted and no longer needed, but a 165-foot water tower still has fans in a Detroit suburb.

St. Clair Shores City Council member David Rubello wants to save the tower, which stands on the town’s golf course, the Macomb Daily reported.

The tower was built in the 1920s to improve water pressure in the community, but is now obsolete. For some, it’s a local landmark worth loving.

“I hate to see part of the history of St. Clair Shores destroyed,” Rubello said. “If people in our community can come together and save this tower, that would be amazing and a win.”

He offered to find a company that would pay to fix it in exchange for placing advertising on the tower. It could cost around $400,000, or 10 times the cost of tearing it down.

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Tall structures can be converted into wireless towers, but the area appears to be covered.

“It has become part of the landscape. Unfortunately, demolition seems like the right choice,” said Chris Rayes, director of community development and inspections.

The council voted to file the question for six months.

“There’s no rush to tear it down; it’s been there for a while. A few more months won’t hurt,” Rubello said.

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