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Knapp's Centre Restoration Begins

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Construction workers began remodeling the Knapp's Centre, a historic landmark in downtown Lansing Tuesday.

The former department store, built in the 1930's on the corner of Washington Square and Washtenaw Avenue has been vacant more than 10 years.

It was announced in 2010 that renovations would be taking place. Now the work is underway to give the building a facelift, starting with the letter "K." It was removed from the front of the building Tuesday morning.

It's the beginning of a restoration project that has Mayor Virg Bernero excited about Lansing's future.

"It means vibrancy where there was vacancy," says Bernero. It means people and it means economic impact. It means a ripple effect. it could effect a couple empty store fronts down here."

The developer, The Eyde Company says the vacant 190,000 square foot building will be transformed into a mix of office, retail and residential space, including 23 apartments. The building will also house a business incubator focused on fashion and retail run by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

The remodel will cost about 36 million dollars, paid for by private investors and tax incentives.

"Especially going through the difficult economic times, it was really a challenge to keep the momentum going, but luckily like I said, we had some great partners," says Nick Eyde with The Eyde Company. 

Officials tell 6 News they expect the total remodel project will take 12 - 16 months to complete and create about 200 jobs.

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