Douglas J Companies change plans for Okemos expansion

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EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The stalled Douglas J development at the corner of Hamilton Road and Okemos Road in Okemos is taking another turn.

The Douglas J Companies is beginning the process of selling the property at the northwest corner of Hamilton and Okemos Roads.

The company is seeking proposals from developers who could utilize the site.

Douglas J is a group of companies that include 9 salons, spas and institutes.

The owners purchased the Okemos property with the intention of adding a new building to house a new salon and spa.

There had been a bookstore, music shop and a restaurant on the site that Douglas J had planned to expand.

Issues with moving utilities and other problems stalled the development and today, while the bookstore has been razed, the former restaurant and music store are empty.

In a news release Douglas J management insists the focus will now be on growing their Aveda Institutes, Aveda Concept Salons and Aveda Salon and Spa.

A remodeling of the existing Okemos salon is planned for 2017 but a firm date for that has not been announced.

The company employs over 100 people in the Okemos salon and spa.

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