Renovated Bridge Street Tower unveiled

Bridge Street Tower
The renovated Bridge Street Tower in Grand Rapids was unveiled Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the oldest structures in Grand Rapids has a brand new look.

The Bridge Street Tower has been on the corner of Bridge and Seward Avenue NW for 126 years. During that time, it has sustained a lot of water damage.

So this summer, crews removed it and Rockford Construction worked to renovate it. The tower was reinstalled last week and Monday afternoon, the sheet covering it was removed. Now, once again, the tower stands tall above El Sombrero restaurant.

The tower used to be a railroad signal tower controlling signals on First, Second and Third streets.

The Restore the Bridge Street Signal Tower group says the plan is to move the tower further away from the road in the next two years. They hope to put it in the parking lot behind El Sombrero, closer to the railroad tracks.