Senate passes Hansen bill to spur job creation

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate passed a measure Tuesday that would attract business investment to Muskegon by enabling the city to use former prison property for industrial purposes, said bill sponsor Sen. Goeff Hansen.

Senate Bill 1118 would authorize the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) to transfer part of the property where the former West Shoreline Correctional Facility is located to the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. The Authority could then transfer the property to the city.

“This is great news for the city of Muskegon,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “The city has been working very hard for more than five years to attract new industry to our community, but like many urban communities across Michigan we have lacked readily available land to meet the needs of today’s industrial end users.

“The West Shoreline Correctional Facility property will provide an additional 70 acres of land adjacent to an industrial park, making our region more competitive in attracting new investment and job creation.”

SB 1118 has been sent to the Michigan House for further consideration.