By Nolan Miles
P3KY Staff Writer
A $15 million convention center in downtown Muskegon, Mich., is under development with the help of a public-private partnership between Muskegon County, the city of Muskegon and Parkland Properties LLC.
Parkland Properties, a real estate development and hospitality firm, hopes to leverage its downtown hotels as a way to bring conventions and businesses to the city alongside the construction of the convention center. Parkland’s two downtown hotels — Shoreline Inn and Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor — would pay a 4 percent annual assessment that the city would use to help pay off the debt associated with the construction costs.
“People believe in Muskegon and everyone believes the convention center is the next big thing,” said Jon Rooks, principal of Parkland Properties, adding that the proposed facility helps the downtown area move away from having to rely on tourism in just the summer months to remain sustainable. “It’s year-round and not just seasonal.”
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