MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - After months of research, a consultant hired by Muskegon County recommended the county renovate and expand its current jail and turn a closed school into a juvenile transition center. But, Thursday afternoon the committee asked to act on that recommendation was informed both plans would not be approved by the City of Muskegon.
The jail expansion would require short sections of two Muskegon streets to permanently close and turning the closed Craig School into a juvenile transition center would require a change in zoning. Muskegon's vice-mayor says that's not going to happen.
"The city would not support the vacation of Pine Street or the vacation of Walton Avenue," said Lawrence Spataro Thursday. "And the city would not support the rezoning of Craig School property away from single family residential."
The jail committee is planing to meet with neighbors of Craig School next month to hear their concerns on the current plan.
A firm hired to study financing the jail project told county leaders they could afford the $23 million project and interests rates on bonds are at an all-time low.