Public weighs in on “Imagine the Avenue”

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – In the next three to five years, Michigan Avenue, the capital city’s main corridor will get a major facelift.  

On Thursday night, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and other city officials organized a community gathering to hear ideas about what the “Imagine the Avenue” project should look like.

The portion of Michigan Avenue that city officials plan to repair is the area in front of Sparrow Hospital and East to US-127.

Michigan Avenue has been studied for roughly 4 to 5 years and it was just 6 months ago that “Imagine the Avenue” came to life.

The goal was to hear from residents and businesses as to what they would like to see created before reconstruction starts.

One of the ideas is to keep all five lanes of traffic on Michigan Avenue, add bike lanes, but remove parking on one side of the road. The public was not in favor of that idea.

Another idea brought to the table would be to only have three lanes of traffic, including bike lanes and parking on both sides of the road, but some community members’ feel not all traffic would be accommodated with that option.

They also expressed concerns about turning left on Michigan Ave.

While it may be years before the project kicks into gear, city officials say opinions of the community are invaluable.

“You’re seeing a lot of development along here and really we want to do what we can to support the businesses, make it a place where people want to live when they go out and have a good time, have a meal, go to the bar, shop, whatever they can do that right on this corridor and hopefully not have to drive as much with buses and bike lanes and other things we’re planning to put in,” said Andy Kilpatrick; Director of Public Service for the city of Lansing.

As mentioned, Michigan Avenue won’t be getting its facelift for another three to five years and city officials say they want to hear as much from the public as possible before getting started.

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