Downtown Lansing’s 600 block looks a bit bare… but it won’t stay that way for long.
“We’ve been building apartments down here in Lansing for the last ten years and they’re all full and they keep saying please build a grocery store,” Pat Gillespie, Founder of Gillespie Group said.
The city listened and today developers turned the dirt and officially started the construction process. By the fall of 2020 people in Lansing will have a brand new market with apartments and a hotel. Some say it’s been a long time coming.
“It’s wonderful it should have been here years ago,” Lansing resident Ronney Bentley said. He uses the bus to get around town. Now, he’s excited to have a store so much closer to where he lives.
“I am very excited. I’m very excited. You know we never had nothing. Seriously though, nothing. It’s just always been like go to corner stores and stuff like that,” Bentley said.
Developers say that the market will be located right on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Larch Street. It will have around 40 loft style apartments above it. Off to the south end will be a Courtyard by Marriott that will have around 120 rooms, a restaurant bar, and a pool.
Jerry Carpenter owns Liskey’s auto and truck service right next door to the development. He sold some of his land to make this project possible.
“Our shop has been downtown Lansing for almost 50 years now and we’ve seen all the changes from the ballpark, to the new stadium district and now the new Meijer market,” Carpenter said. “We did not want to hold up the progress of downtown and it’s exciting to be a part of it and see all the excitement and the energy that it brings.”
He hopes the progress brings more than just more business.
“We’re hoping it brings us more business but what I really think it’ll bring is the excitement of downtown and we’re right in the middle of something really cool,” Carpenter said.