According to an MLive report, the Kalamazoo County Board has voted to begin negotiations to purchase land with the intention of building a consolidated courthouse complex.The land formerly was the Jim Gilmore auto dealership, and is now a parking lot. The former Otto Kihm Auto Service Center would be a potential parking structure or development.

Graphic courtesy of Kalamazoo County.

The significance of this proposal may also be that any remaining possibility of a downtown arena in that location may finally be dead. Over the years, especially after specific parcels of land were cleared in that area, there had been talk of a proposed arena. Reaction to such a proposal was mixed, it would be fair to say. An arena being home to possibly Western basketball and hockey and maybe even the K-Wings had some support, but because of overlapping schedules, it was difficult to see how a shared facility was going to work.

While an arena could possibly still fit into that general area, parking to accomodate that many cars would still be a problem.