A bill that would transfer 70 acres of the closed West Shoreline Correctional Facility to the Michigan Land Bank Track Authority just needs Gov. Rick Snyder's signature, after passing through the Michigan Legislature.
The bill will allow for the former prison to be used for industrial purposes.
If Snyder signs it, the land would be transferred to the city of Muskegon in 2019. It's property that's adjacent to the Port City Industrial Park.
Muskegon's City Manager Frank Peterson says large parcels of individual property are needed to continue moving the city's economy forward and to create new jobs.
"The one thing we have struggled with for a number of years is the ability to provide larger tracts of land or parcels of land to accommodate larger employers," said Peterson. "Makes it difficult for us to compete and bring in larger amounts of jobs, and so this will give us the opportunity to do that."
The same process was used at spur development a closed prison in Grand Traverse County
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