Meeting held to discuss future of Shiras Steam Plant

MARQUETTE — Since its closing in March of this year, the future of the Shiras Steam Plant has been somewhat uncertain.

Earlier tonight, the Marquette City Council and members of the Marquette Board of Light and Power met up to discuss what will happen to the power plant.

“It’s been an issue for a while, and I’m sure everyone knows the plant has been closed for several months now,” said Mike Angeli, Marquette City Manager. “The commission is interested in the future of the site. The BLP is generous enough to sit down with us and tell us what they have planned.”

Currently, the plan is for demolition to be completed within 2 to 3 years.

The Marquette Board of Light and Power will go through the site to see any potential items that could be auctioned off before demolition takes place.

A major topic of discussion is what will happen with the site post–demolition; everything from a limestone depository to a recreational green space has been suggested, although it’s still early in the process for any decision making.