Historic life-saving station repairs set

Associated Press

Although its final fate remains uncertain, the old Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station on North Carolina's Outer Banks will get some upgrades to thwart the ravages of sand and time.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported the state-owned building will be raised 10 feet and placed on pilings. The concrete floor will be replaced by wood. If there's enough money, the roof will be replaced and the three-story tower will be renovated.

The nine-month project is estimated to cost $700,000 and begin within 60 days.

The station was built in 1897, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Coast Guard last used the station in 1988. It is now administered by the N.C. Aquariums.

Because of its location near the Bonner Bridge, the building's fate is tied to what design is chosen for a new bridge, expected later this year.