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Pie island lighthouse to be demolished by end of summer

A century old lighthouse on the western edge of Pie Island in the Thunder Bay harbour will be demolished before the end of this summer.
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A century old lighthouse on the western edge of Pie Island in the Thunder Bay harbour will be demolished before the end of this summer.

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is currently accepting bids for the job which could cost up to $1 million.

The lighthouse was built in 1904 and abandoned in 1953. Department spokesperson George Senn said it's being torn down both for safety and environmental reasons. The demolition contractor will be required to remove the old tower, the concrete base and any soil within a 10 metre radius which was contaminated by lead paint used on the lighthouse.

Senn said the site needs to be brought back up to a clean parkland state, as the Pie Island property is to be turned over to the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. Tenders for the demolition close on Aug. 3, with the work to be completed by mid-September.