Vacant Buildings Turn Into Research Headquarters

By KBJR News 1

January 7, 2011 Updated Jan 7, 2011 at 8:20 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WI (Northland's Newscenter)---The closed Boathouse Restaurant and Vista Landing Gift Shop at Barkers Island have been vacant for over a year, but that's about to change.

The two buildings will soon become research headquarters for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.

UWS and the UW–Extension recently leased the two buildings and their docks.

Officials have already hired a manager for the reserve and are in the process of renovating the buildings.

The structures will serve as a focal point for research to help educate both students and the community.

"A lot of the work that is done within a national estuary research reserve focuses on monitoring and looking at the water quality of the region, said Faith Hensrud, the Vice Chancellor of UWS Academic Affairs. "Students participating in those efforts but will also help involve community understand and the value of having a healthy estuary in our region."

The two buildings have been leased for ten months.

Written and posted to the web: Jennifer Walch