Public weighs in on multi-million dollar “SkyVue” Project

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The City of Lansing is expected to get a multi-million dollar development. An investment that Lansing officials say will help re-invent the Michigan Avenue corridor around Frandor, local parks and the Riverfront Area.

Tonight at it’s meeting, the Lansing City Council allowed the public to weigh in on the project.

It’s called the SkyVue project; the $77 million investment will be built into a massive mixed-use building, bringing in hundreds of people to Lansing to not only live, but shop.

Tonight, at the city council meeting, people weighed in on their thoughts about the development.

“We felt as Lansing was prime for an opportunity like this,” Matt Marshall, Vice President of Development said. “Especially on the East Michigan corridor where there’s an opportunity to add development to an area that needs it.”

The multi-million dollar investment will be built in the area surrounding the Frandor shopping center, reviving the former Story Olds car dealership on Michigan Avenue.

Designs call for a 667,000 square foot building that will stand 9 stories, housing 333 apartment units.

Tonight at the Lansing City Council meeting, the council heard comments from the public about the project.

“This is an awesome thing for the East side and for Michigan Avenue,” one woman said.

“I see this project specifically the SkyVue one as a catalyst to additional development down Michigan Avenue,” another Lansing resident said.

But not everyone is on board; an attorney representing Sears spoke on behalf of the corporation tonight, as the SkyVue development would be placed directly adjacent to it, he says they have serious concerns about the proximity of the project.

“And in particular the impacts on the storm water, the parking, the traffic in this particular area,” Stephen Estey from Gossett, PLLC said. “Sears has very real concerns that all those aspects may not be taken into account in this re-zoning process, we’re not looking to defeat the project.. We’re thinking that it’s maybe too high.”>

The attorney then submitted a three page letter to the council for review.

Local business leaders counter those concerns, by saying this development is an attempt to create a much needed urban lifestyle.

“This is a genuine attempt to find a place for our young professionals that are being hired at Jackson National Life, and Emergent BioSolutions and other places,” Bob Trezise, President & CEO of LEAP said.

The plan is to have the project complete by 2017, however state and city  will need to sign off on it first.

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