Maritime museum demolition

Contractors are shown in September demolishing the 40-year-old, single-story building that had been home to the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. The 1,000-square-foot building will be replaced by a new $3.6 million facility to be called the Heritage Center.

SOUTH HAVEN — Michigan Maritime Museum’s $8 million plan to build a new two-story museum and expand its riverfront campus is inching closer to reality thanks to two grants totaling nearly $600,000.

Museum officials received word Friday that the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation plans to donate $90,000 to the museum’s fundraising campaign. That grant comes on the heels of Thursday’s announcement by the Michigan Department Natural that it will donate $500,000 from its trust fund toward the museum’s capital improvement project.