The first phase of the restoration will be let for contract early in 2019 with constructions in 2019. This project tucks the brick and puts in doors and first story windows at a total estimated cost of $638,000. There is a $500,000 grant for transportation historical structures from the Ohio Department of Transportation that administers this grant for the Federal Highway Administration through TMACOG. Lucas County is the local sponsor and the Toledo Lighthouse Society is responsible for the $138,000 match
The estimated cost for the full restoration project from $1.5 million to $2 million. The $102,000 cost to Duket Architects for the the plans and specifications was paid with a $48,000 Ohio Coastal Zone Management Grant, $14,900 Lake Erie Protection fund grant with the remainder from the Toledo Lighthouse Society.
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society, with help from Duket Architects, filed an application to own the lighthouse on September 20, 2005. On Otober 5, 2006, the Secretary of the Interior approved the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society application for ownership.
A lift dock and ramp were installed in October 2008. The lift and dock were gone sometime between April 9 and April 11, 2009. What happened is not know.
A documentary with public television on the Toledo Lighthouse, the Maumee, Ottawa and Western Lake Erie waters is about two thirds complete. Additional funding is being sought to complete the project.