MUSKEGON, Mich. - Four nonprofit groups are still in the running to receive a free building from the Muskegon school district, according to The Muskegon Chronicle.

The district has tried unsuccessfully to sell two vacant school buildings and now plans to give them away, The Chronicle reported. The Muskegon Heights and Muskegon housing commissions, the local Lions Club, and West Michigan Therapy are the four finalists; representatives from each will be interviewed in April, according to the report.

Their varied plans call for using the buildings as low-income housing, a substance abuse treatment center, or activity centers for the young, the elderly or both.

The district will save approximately $70,000 on utilities and an unspecified amount on maintenance by giving away the facilities, The Chronicle reported.

Board Trustee Cindy Larson said she's interested in exploring whether organizations would be able to share the buildings, the report said.

The Muskegon Chronicle, "Four still in running for free Muskegon school," March 18, 2009

Michigan Education Report, "Schools for sale," Aug. 15, 2007