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Frandor Owners File Lawsuit Against City Over Red Cedar Project

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The owners of the Frandor Mall in Lansing filed a lawsuit with the Ingham County Circuit Court on Thursday against the City of Lansing over plans to renovate the Montgomery Drain and redevelop the old Red Cedar Golf Course.

The lawsuit alleges the city has plans to charge a special drainage assessment to property owners within the Montgomery Drain district, and then use some of that money to subsidize the privately-owned Red Cedar project.

"While the Lansing Retail Center really wants to address the drainage problem that's been there for the past several years, we do feel it's unfair for us to pick up the development for the Red Cedar Project," said T.J. Bucholz, a spokesman for the Lansing Retail Center, which owns the Frandor Mall. "Those costs are the responsibility of the property owner or the developer, but not for surrounding property owners who have no stake in the property," he said. "The city is expecting surrounding property owners to, in effect, finance the development cost for the Red Cedar project.

Ingham County Drain Commissioner Patrick Lindemann refutes the claim and called the lawsuit "frivolous," and said there's not even a design for a drain yet. design for a drain yet. "What they think is that the drain is going to build something that's going to benefit the other developers, but that's just not true," said Lindemann. "The lawsuit's really premature; they haven't been harmed with anything. No decision's been made."

A public hearing on the drain project will be held on Monday.

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