Community leaders gather for convention center groundbreaking

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Ground was broke May 8 on a new downtown Muskegon convention center decades after the need for large meeting space was first identified by community leaders.

 

The $17-million project is being built on Fourth Street between West Western Avenue and Shoreline Drive. The convention center will connect to the L.C. Walker Arena and the downtown Holiday Inn, which will become a Delta by Marriott in the coming weeks.

 

The city has come a long ways since the removal of the Muskegon Mall left large vacant sand lots in the heart of downtown.

 

“You take a dead spot and you make it an area that’s full of life and full of energy and this will just continue to take that to another level,” said Muskegon Mayor Stephen Gawron.

 

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