Former GM plant site in Lansing to be developed

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – There was a big announcement Tuesday about the future of a vacant industrial site in Lansing.

It’s located along Saginaw Street on the west side of the city.

The 260 acres was once owned by General Motors, and will now be used by the auto industry once again.

A development company from Missouri wants to buy the site and build a manufacturing and distribution center that supports the auto industry.

The large piece of land is currently owned by the RACER Trust, an organization that was formed following the auto crisis to take care of property once owned by GM.

“To the average person, what does it mean? It means jobs. More job opportunities in Lansing, we’re talking about hundreds of jobs,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

The mayor says having a big supplier is the missing link in Lansing’s automotive chain.

“With the suppliers coming to Lansing, we’re going to get the all the benefits of being a GM town,” Bernero said.

$16 million from the RACER Trust will be used to clean up the site.

That process could start as early as this spring.

After that’s complete construction can begin.

“It’s great news for metro Lansing,” Bernero said.

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