Magnuson Hotel to renovate; about 70 people to be ousted

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UPDATE (5:18pm): A letter obtained by 6 News sheds more light on the plans for the Magnuson Hotel. The letter to guests says the “closing process” will begin today (August 29th) and that the renovations will start on September 12th.

That gives the 20 families and 40 individuals who have turned the hotel into temporary housing about two weeks to find somewhere else to stay. The city of Lansing say it plans to help, and the letter suggests the managers at the hotel will help people move, as well.

It gives no indication how long the renovations will take or when the hotel will re-open. The letter does suggest that people will be welcome back on the hotel “in the near future.”

Stay tuned to 6 News for continuing coverage of this on-going story.

ORIGINAL STORY: LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The homeless problem in Lansing may become more acute in the next two weeks.

6 News has learned that the owners of the Magnuson Hotel will be moving out everyone currently staying in the hotel due to planned renovations.

The southside Lansing hotel provides temporary housing through the Homeless Angels program.

There are approximately 20 families and 40 individuals now in the Magnuson Hotel.

Randy Hannan, spokesman for Lansing mayor Virg Bernero, tells 6 News that the dislocation of the residents is going to be very challenging for the city.

Mike Karl, director of the Homeless Angels program, will make a statement this afternoon on what steps his group will be taking.

This is a developing story that will be updated online and on 6 News

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