Trenton — A planned groundbreaking for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge visitor center has been put on hold because of the partial federal government shutdown.
An event was scheduled for Wednesday in Trenton, but officials announced Monday it was postponed because of a lapse in federal appropriations. The 12,000-square-foot facility is to be built at the Refuge Gateway, near the refuge’s Humbug Marsh area.
Democratic Congressman John Dingell of Michigan said in a statement that “partisan bickering and wayward ways of Washington” are to blame for the postponement.
A new groundbreaking date wasn’t immediately set. When built, officials say the visitor center will include a theater, classrooms and offices along with a wildlife observation area and outdoor patios. It’s expected to be used by school groups and others.