Lansing group contacted to “revitalize” Downtown Jackson

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – A brand new complex may be coming to Jackson.  The Lansing-based Kincaid Henry building group announced plans to build a four-story apartment complex on a former Consumers Energy parking lot.  Developers believe Jackson is ripe for re-invigoration.

City of Jackson Public Information Officer Will Forgrave said, “if and when this happens, obviously with more people downtown it will spur more development.  It’s no secret that what this administration has been trying to revitalize downtown.”

Representatives from Kincaid Henry plan on developing a Mixed Use Development which would contain a four story apartment.  On the bottom level a grocery store plan on being put there.  It’s happening between Jackson and Blackstone streets off of Louis Glick Highway.  A section traveled heavily in Jackson.  Jackson business owners approached Kincaid Henry to see if his group could revitalize Jackson.

Kincaid Henry Owner and COO Ryan Henry said, “Downtown Jackson is really ripe for redevelopment and development.  Kind of a renaissance if you will.  I see what the City of Jackson’s city leadership is doing.  I love downtown…our companies love them.  We think they are necessary to keeping talent, to creating vibrant places that people want to be and Jackson in our opinion has a fantastic opportunity to be a great Michigan city.”

According to Henry the project is estimated to cost five million dollars. City officials are cautiously optimistic.

“Well, I would hesitate to say we need it, but obviously we would welcome the land development and the tax revenue that would come with it.  While it is just downtown it affects the entire city,” said Forgrave.

Both the city and developers, in their words, believe this could trigger a business boom and draw more development. The project is still in its early stages.  During a January Jackson City Council meeting members approved plans for pre-development and parking permits for Detroit Entrepreneur Development.  If everything goes well, representatives from Kincaid Henry plan to start building in July.

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