Demolition begins on buildings along Michigan Ave. for new Development


It’ll be the first grocery in downtown Lansing in decades and this afternoon Mayor Andy Schor did the honors of counting down the start of the demolition process.

The new project by Gillespie group is more than 150,000 square feet and includes an urban market, a hotel, and 41 apartments.

Sometimes being referred to as a food desert– people are excited to finally have a place to be able to buy fresh groceries downtown.

Pat Gillespie says he believes this project will not only satisfy a lot of needs but also inspire more development along Michigan Ave. 

“You know for years we’ve been developing downtown and the number one and two things who are asked are where’s the grocery store, where’s the hotel? There hasn’t been a grocery store built here in thirty or fourty years and there hasn’t been a hotel built in over twenty, so we’re bringing both of them in one project,” Gillespie group president Pat Gillespie said. 

The $41 million development will be located on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Larch street near Cooley Law School Stadium. 

The site does require significant environmental cleanup, but if all goes according to plan they expect doors to open September first of 2020. 

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