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Greater Midland Community Center to receive $5M from state

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

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

Terri Johnson, chief executive officer of the Greater Midland Network, has said the $11.5 million will be used toward a new facility.

She anticipates the new center will be opened in the first quarter of 2024. It will be used for a variety of functions, including early child care education and senior wellness programs. The old building that houses the community center will be razed and a parking lot, track and sledding hill will replace it.

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

The newspaper added:

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

CapCon contacted lawmakers Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, for comment. Neither responded.

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