LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The “Lansing City Market” has been around for decades, serving as a one-stop shop filled with vendors, restaurants and more for people to enjoy throughout the years.
But city officials say business there has been lagging and it’s not bringing in enough money to stay in place.
Some city residents have agreed and recently Lansing Mayor Andy Schor made the decision to close the market for good.
In order to keep the “Lansing City Market” open, the city needs to pay an $80,000 subsidy, but the Lansing City Council wants to eliminate that all together by just closing it down.
However, Mayor Schor tells 6 News that city officials made a compromise by cutting that subsidy in half to keep the market open throughout the summer.
So how do businesses and their owners feel about this change?
Some say it’s unfortunate that it’s come to this point.
For nearly five years, “Rivertown Adventures” has been renting out kayaks and canoes out of “Lansing’s City Market” so people in the community can paddle on the Grand River.
When Rivertown Co-owner Paul Brogan found out he’ll have to move business elsewhere once the market closes, he says he was disappointed.
“The city market itself has such a long history dating back to the very early 1900’s, it’s moved locations a few times and so just because of the history behind what the city market was and is, it’s sad to see that go,” said Brogan.
While there will be a transitioning period once the market closes, Brogan says he doesn’t believe it will affect his business.
“The river is still here and people are loving this type of activity just being down here and so I’m confident that we’ll work things out with the city and will position ourselves down here to continue to add all of this great fun,” Brogan stated.
“Rivertown Adventures” isn’t the only business being forced out of the market, “Waterfront Bar & Grill” will be moving too.
In a statement they sent to 6 News, they responded to the city’s decision by saying in part quote:
“Obviously we’re not very happy considering we have 12 years left on our lease. It seems as though our success is wanted by others. We wish that LEPFA would communicate with its vendors.”
The Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, also known as LEPFA, runs the market.
We reached out to the organization for comment on this story but did not hear back.
In the meantime, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor says the city is exploring its options regarding what to do with this location when it closes.
“Do we try to bring people back in for a market which hasn’t worked over the last few years, do we have one person come in and take it over, do we sell it with the intention of having a market space or a restaurant or a brewery or something like that,” Mayor Schor stated.
Before the market closes for good, the Lansing City Council will have to hear from the public.
A public hearing is set for early July which will give residents the chance to weigh in on this decision before it’s finalized.