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.

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