LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The city of Lansing said on Thursday General Motors has plans to build a $162 million, 225,000 square foot facility at its Grand River plant in Lansing that would bring new jobs to the area and increase Mid-Michigan's profile as a major automotive producer.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city has prepared a tax incentive package to convince GM to move forward with its expansion, but the incentives must first be approved by city council. "If we want General Motors to be able to build cars in places like Lansing, and be able to pay a good wage, we have to be competitive on the tax side," said Bernero. "The incentive is a 50 percent property tax reduction over the next 12 or 14 years on the new building."
GM would not confirm the plans the city laid out on Thursday, but said in a statement:
"GM is developing a business case for a potential future investment at LGR Assembly. An investment would fund facility improvements aimed at strengthening the plant's manufacturing capability. We cannot share details at this time."
Bob Trezise, president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership said although GM will not confirm the new development at this time, the city has been talking with GM for a month, and has revealed plans and details about the expansion.
Officials said the new Chevrolet Camaro will be built at the Grand River plant, but stopped short of saying this new building would be the Camaro's new home.