Lucido: $2 million for Great Lakes Center for Nature included in budget supplemental

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Peter J. Lucido said the state Senate finalized legislation on Thursday that will provide $2 million toward the $20 million project cost of the Detroit Zoological Society’s proposed 30,000 square foot Great Lakes Center for Nature in Macomb County.

“The Great Lakes Center for Nature will be a wonderful, regional destination right here in Macomb County,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “The center will be a place for members of our community, and from throughout the state, to learn about our ecosystems, sustainable use of water resources, and the economics of Michigan’s blue economy, all while enjoying an array of plant and animal species in a natural setting.”

Officials estimate 200,000 people will visit the center each year — generating at least $100 million in economic activity in the first five years.

The funding was included in a budget supplemental that restored hundreds of millions in funding that was cut by the governor last year. The bills also provide additional support for new challenges facing the state, including combating the coronavirus.

A few of the programs that will also see new or restored funding include:

  • $5 million for a High Water Infrastructure Repair program to help communities deal with high water levels and shoreline erosion.
  • $15 million for the Going PRO talent fund that supports employer programs to train, develop, and retain current and newly hired skilled workers.
  • $25 million for state efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Senate Bill 151 now goes to the governor for her signature.