Coast Guard Demolition and Building Plan

This Coast Guard building along Little Harbor Road in Woods Hole dates back to 1917.

The Coast Guard is proposing to raze a 98-year-old building at its Woods Hole facility and build a new home for its aid-to-navigation and patrol boat teams, but the $7.75 million project is raising questions about construction, history and community character among residents. Along with the 5,700-square-foot building that is tagged for demolition, plans are to bring down a 1,400-square-foot prefabricated steel supply building and to remove a 1,100-square-foot modular administration building from Coast Guard Station Woods Holes grounds along Little Harbor Road, according to the agency. In its place will go a 13,800-square-foot multi-mission station building that will be nestled next to the sector operations building and a 3,400-square-foot building for patrol boat administration and storage. Not many structures from that era survive, and it was one of the first buildings in Woods Hole to support the Lighthouse Service, the precursor to the Coast Guard, said Catherine Bumpus, co-president of the Woods Hole Community Association. The project never fell off the Coast Guards radar screen entirely; in 2008, the Woods Hole demolition and building project was on a list of a growing backlog of projects, according to a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s report.

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