LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and other stakeholders joined New Vision Lansing, LLC to announce three major development projects in downtown Lansing to provide mixed-use building space and workforce housing.
New Vision Lansing, LLC says the developments will bring up to 450 residential units, parking, retail, office space, entertainment and green spaces to Downtown Lansing.
The goal of the project, according to the developer, is to transform Lansing’s skyline and attract and retain talent.
The developer laid out its plans in person and online in a long news release which included the renderings and description below.
Tower on Grand
“Straddling Grand Ave from the riverfront to Washington Square, Tower on Grand will raise Lansing’s skyline with record-breaking height. At more than 300,000 square feet, the 25-story building will offer 300 units of market and workforce housing and feature riverfront restaurants and retail, as well as a unique one-acre green rooftop amenity and resident gathering deck with views extending to and beyond the MSU campus and surrounds.”
“With its curved and glassy face within a few steps to the State Capitol Building and state government complex centers, Capitol Tower is slated to rise at the corner of Capitol and Ottawa NW. It will offer 48,000 square feet of premium office space that has already been pre-leased.”
“A historic structure with all the modern features of modern living, Washington Square will renovate a cornerstone of Lansing’s history – a 100-year historic office building that once housed the Michigan Court of Appeals. Upon completion, the new Washington Square will add 55,000 square feet of 70 workforce housing units”
Lansing’s New Vision, LLC is led by the Gentilozzi family, who shares a long history of prominent, high-impact developments in Downtown Lansing with their partner, the JFK Investment Company.
Part of the financing for the proposed project would come from $40 million in state appropriations — set aside for affordable housing.
The authorization of this money in the state budget included a stipulation that Lansing “may” hold a competitive bidding process for other developers. If that bidding process is implemented by the Lansing City Council, It could delay or even kill the project.
“This was the intention of the legislation as indicated by the legislators that got this in the budget, this is a project that’s ready to go,” Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said. “We don’t want to delay it with any delays. We’re going to be sending the resolution to accept the money, and appropriating the money to the city council quickly. We got about $110-120 million in projects so we have to appropriate all of it, so those are all going to the city council, and they’ll review all of them, and then it’s up to them.”