Greater Midland Community Center to receive $5 million from the state – Michigan Capitol Confidential

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In two years, the Greater Midland Community Center has benefited from nearly $12 million in legislative largesse

The Greater Midland Community Center received an allocation of $6.5 million from state taxpayers in Michigan’s 2022 state budget. In 2023, it was budgeted for an additional $5 million, for a total $11.5 million over two years.

Terri Johnson, CEO of the Greater Midland Network, said the $11.5 million will be used for a new facility.

She expects the new center to open in the first quarter of 2024. It will be used for a variety of functions, including early childhood education and senior citizen welfare programs. The old building that houses the community center will be razed and replaced by a parking lot, a track and a toboggan run.

Johnson said “the aging building and its infrastructure outweigh their usefulness,” according to Sept. 30, 3021, Midland Daily News.

The newspaper adds:

Johnson and his team are considering how to make the building more innovative, inclusive and accessible to everyone in the future. GMCC staff are currently in the planning stages of what a new community center will look like and are working with experts, focus groups and funders to ensure they have the financial support.

CapCon has reached out to lawmakers Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, for comment. Neither of them answered.

Jill E. Washington