Muskegon Community College has purchased property in Grand Haven as a new home for its Grand Haven Center classes beginning in Fall 2019.
The transaction, which was approved by the MCC Board of Trustees at its December meeting, was finalized on Dec. 21. The college will take possession of the facility on Jan. 30.
The 16777 Lincoln St. site will replace the space leased by MCC at the Grand Haven Community Center since 2012. MCC has been offering classes in the Grand Haven area for more than a quarter of a century.
As part of MCC’s continued growth and commitment to Ottawa County, the college has been considering options over the past year for a facility that could provide both educational flexibility and fiscal accountability over the next decade.
“The college felt it was a more responsible use of its funds to purchase its own building – one that offers four classrooms, ample student lounge, office and meeting space, adjacent parking, and that, over time, will translate into an enhanced educational experience for our Ottawa County students as well as much lower operational costs for the college,” explained MCC President Dale K. Nesbary.
He noted that the new location, just off US 31 and near Grand Haven High School, is more centrally located in Ottawa County.
The Grand Haven Center property, which was purchased for $378,000, will annually serve almost 400 students, including Ottawa Early College students in a partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and area school districts.
MCC has budgeted $432,000 for HVAC, electrical and safety upgrades, and aesthetic improvements before the building opening in August.