LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Bringing more people into downtown Lansing, that’s the hope for Mayor Virg Bernero and the Gillespie Group as they announced progress on mule-million dollar investment to Cooley Law School Stadium.
6 News Nick Perreault spent the day with a hard hat on, hearing and seeing the improvements.
For the last two months, Cooley Law School Stadium has seen plenty of work. From big machines to hand operated, building on a foundation that will lead to state of the art 360 degree concourse.
High-definition scoreboards and upgraded restrooms.
It’s a “great place for positive recreation and it will continue to be a great place for recreation and now living,” said Virg Bernero, Lansing Mayor.
Appropriately named, the outfield at Cooley Law School Stadium is part of an $11 million investment of behalf of the Gillespie Group.
“The outfield project we are going to have 84 apartments. Half of them will be overlooking the stadium,” said Pat Gillespie, president and CEO, Gillespie Group.
Giving those that live here the option to watch baseball, concerts and fireworks from their apartment, all in the heart of downtown.
“In the next 10 days before Christmas you’re going to see a lot of the building to start to go vertical.”
With the addition of these apartments roughly 300 people will now be in the downtown area which CEO Pat Gillespie says he’s proud to have a hand in as well as the owner of the Lugnuts, proud that out of the 160 minor league teams Lansing’s the first have this kind of development in the area.
“We’ve got to work out the kinks here and make this one perfect and have the rest of the country take a look.”
A look that Mayor Bernero hopes to attract more than just those that will call this home.
“We know the importance of when it comes to economic development of sense of place, you’ve heard a lot of time place making, because to attract and retain young talent, you’ve got to have cool places, this is going to be one of those places.”
What started as a vision nearly three years ago transformed into reality Wednesday with the first steel piece put in place.