Plan to redevelop South Washington Park Apartments moves ahead


LANSING, Mich.(WLNS) –  On Wednesday, members from the Lansing Housing Commission, Lansing Police, HUD and Lansing City Council met with Mayor Virg Bernero to discuss steps to improve safety and security at South Washington Park Apartments.

“You can’t just put a band aid on it and expect it’s going to heal,” said Lansing City Councilmember Carol Wood.

But Council member Carol Wood says sustainability is a big concern for the redevelopment of the troubled apartments.

“As we start to see things get better that’s don’t become lax. Um it is a matter of doing our due diligence and making sure people do follow through to the end,” said Wood.

The Affordable Housing Complex has recently gone through a number of improvements including a brand new security system.

But Mayor Virg Bernero says the main issue with the 3200 S. Washington Ave. is the structure.

“We got this antiquated model that we got to deal with. We got to deal with community into it we got to build quality into a structure that really is antiquated,” said Bernero.

As well as the concern for where residents will go when redevelopment kicks in.

“You got a real problem cuz you got a waiting list now and you gotta kick these people out of this thing in order to rebuild so where are they going to go?” said Bernero.

But for now Bernero as well as Lansing City Council agrees Wednesday’s meeting is the start of new beginning for people of 3200 S. Washington Ave.

So what’s next?

Housing officials plans to meet with people living at the complex in the coming weeks to address what they want to see changed.

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