New pavilion honoring mining could be coming to Ishpeming

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Ishpeming City Council is moving forward with plans for a new pavilion on the former site of a Cliffs Mining administration building. The plan would be to put a mining themed pavilion on the site which is located near the Cliffs Mine Shaft Museum and across from Lake Bancroft.

Money for the project comes from several sources including grant money from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust fund. Total cost for the project is estimated to be around $600,000.

"It's going to be a great thing, we have some pavilions up in Al Quaal but they're way over on the other side of town, and this will be right next to downtown, right in a very attractive area right next to the Cliffs Mine Museum, it's a nice design for a pavilion and we think it will be a real credit to the community," said City Manager Mark Slown.

No timeline for the project has been given as of yet. The council also discussed plans to remove two recently discovered underground gas tanks near Pearl Street. Although in the very early stages, cost for cleanup of those tanks could be around $15,000-$20,000.

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