Michigan City has annexed 426 acres of land near U.S. 20 and Interstate 94 in northwest LaPorte County to prepare it for future economic development.

Property owners Oehmstead Co., Green Acres, Pioneer Lumber, MHP 1, Illinois Indiana Development Co. and Cemetery Regents of the City of Michigan City, Indiana all asked to become part of the city to gain access to services like sewer and water, paving the way for new businesses to come in.

The city describes the land between Menke Road, I-94 and U.S. 20 as suitable for manufacturers or large warehouses, given its proximity to highways, rail and air transportation.

Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer said the city wants to make the property "attractive and ‘shovel ready’ for potential investors and developers.”

“This is big news for Michigan City as it opens up the area for future development, and it has taken quite a while to get to this point,” Meer said.

Economic Development Corporation Michigan City Executive Director Clarence Hulse touts the annexed land as “geographically perfect.”