MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WJMN) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill for the possible reuse of a state prison that closed in Gogebic County in 2018.
“The prison’s closure was a great loss to Marenisco and Gogebic County, including hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity — losses that are still being felt,” said McBroom.
The new law authorizes the state to sell the Ojibway prison to a private owner or other units of government.
The 125-acre property is in Gogebic County’s Marenisco Township.
Sen. Ed McBroom says the prison’s closure was a great loss for the local economy. More than 200 people worked at Ojibway.
Former Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration closed the prison, citing a smaller overall prison population and other factors.