(UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.) – The Lansing City Hall building could soon have a brand new look and purpose.
Last night city officials revealed the winning plan that could transform the building into a hotel if the current city offices move to a new building.
“Once you put City Hall there, those employees and all that activity, you’re going to get more coffee shops, and other things in that piece of downtown and if you look at that area around the Lansing State Journal building, there’s room for improvement,” says Mayor Virg Bernero.
Mayor Bernero says moving City Hall is the smart thing to do.
He says the current building needs a major face-lift.
“The roof leaks, the h-vac breaks regularly, the plumbing needs to be replaced.” says Bernero.
According to Bernero, those improvements would cost the city about $50 million dollars and for that price, he says it makes more sense to build new.
It’s something the city has been looking at for months now.
Four developers submitted proposals in September and Mayor Bernero says Beitler Real Estate Services of Chicago came out on top.
Beitlers proposal includes two phases.
The first being the purchase of the old Lansing State Journal building and re-vamping it into a new city hall.
The Mayor says that process would take about 2-years and create more options for parking.
The second phase would then transform the current city hall building into a new hotel.
A remodel that Bernero says will not only provide local jobs but also bring more business downtown.
“It will bring new life and vitality to this area,” says Bernero.
A plan Mayor-elect Andy Schor says he’s also on board with.
“I’ll be supportive as long as the details make sense. We don’t have to have temporary space which was a concern of mine, having to move into a temporary space so that’s a cost that’s saved and that’s a lot of trouble for the city employees and for the residents of the city that is avoided,” says Schor.
There are still a lot of questions like what will happen to the police department, but those will be answers that Schor has to make once in office.
Mayor Bernero says city council members would still need to vote on the proposal before it can begin.
He hopes that will happen by the end of the year.
We will update you when we learn more.
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – After months of due diligence and careful consideration, Mayor Virg Bernero announced today he has selected Chicago-based Beitler Real Estate Services to redevelop the current City Hall site into a new flagship hotel for downtown Lansing.
You can see the design in the picture above.
The 42 million dollar plan will bring a new hotel to the area for the first time in decades.
We will update when you when we learn more.