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Muskegon could land John Ball Zoo’s $150 million aquarium project – Grand Haven Tribune




the immediate Grand Rapids location. WZZM-TV learned that sites on the coast of Muskegon Lake might be considered if the city of Muskegon shares in the cost of the feasibility as well as economic effect studies.The opportunity of the zoo building its fish tank in downtown Muskegon is the result of a number of conversations in between Muskegon city officials and also zoo leaders, consisting of D’Arienzo. “It’s a game-changing opportunity,”stated Muskegon Director of Strategic Initiatives Peter Wills.” We believe it’s a chance to display

the city of Muskegon, Muskegon Area, our natural resources, and also our art and also cultural assets.” Wills said that zoo leaders have actually currently toured a variety of prospective structure sites in Muskegon’s downtown that are either on Muskegon Lake or really near to the lake.Muskegon city commissioners are considering joining right into a cost-sharing agreement with John Sphere Zoo as well as Kent Area. It would certainly lead to each event covering one-third of the projected

$227,000 fish tank expediency as well as economic research studies.”Simply to see if it’s an opportunity to showcase our area as well as locate such a multi-million-dollar facility on our waterside, “stated Wills.Pending approval, the independent company Zoo Advisors will begin the mixed usefulness as well as economic effect researches as well as show the zoo the pros and cons of the Muskegon and Grand Rapids-area areas. Zoo Advisors have actually finished comparable assessments for zoos as well as fish tanks throughout the world.The work in West Michigan is expected to progress even without the city of Muskegon’s participation.An aquarium the size the zoo would love to develop could cost around$150 million and take in between 5 and one decade from idea to completion.

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