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City Center II Project Starting in East Lansing

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - It's one corner in East Lansing that's sat empty for nearly a decade. Plans have been made and plans have been scrapped, but now, perhaps finally a new beginning for the City Center II Project.

When you drive into East Lansing, it's hard to miss the outdated and vacant buildings that sit along Grand River Avenue.

Instead John Acken would like to see something more modern.

"It needs to have a good solid retail component, already Dublin is a terrific restaurant we need to duplicate that and have more restaurants and more commercial activity down in this area," said Executive Vice President Capstone Collegiate Communities John Acken.

Acken represents one of five companies hoping to get the nod from city council to reshape and restore the City Center II project.

"In terms of the project, we would like something that is vibrant, dynamic and has multiple uses," said Lansing Director of Development and Planning Tim Dempsey.

Multiple uses is exactly what David Vanderklok promises to build.

"We're proposing two ten story high rise buildings, we're supposing a parking deck to support that, we're proposing some housing and a farmers market," said Urban Cultures and Art LLC Representative David Vanderklok.

David Vanderklok hopes projects that he's worked on such as the one along Albert Avenue in East Lansing, will help convince city council they're the team for the job.

"We know what works, we know the market, we want to do something that we're proud of, that the city is proud of, that works for the community," Vanderklok said.

No matter who the developer is, Vanderklok says it'll be a project that replaces the look of tough economic times, with a dramatic impression of success.

A developer is expected to be selected by May, with construction starting in the next 12 to 24 months.

City council would have to approve plans before breaking ground on the project.

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