Lansing baseball fans could live the dream

March 18, 2014 by  

The Lansing Lugnuts, a minor league baseball team, play at the Cooley Law School Stadium, and now there is a chance people could live at the ballpark.

Plans are in the works for a complete overhaul of the stadium, including rebuilding the field, scoreboard, locker rooms, and dugouts. Included in the plans, which are estimated to cost $22m, are 100 new apartments that would be built to wrap around the outfield. The new structures would also include retail spaces. Construction, if approved, would be worked into the Lugnuts’ schedule, with the project slated to be finished by opening day in 2016.

Officials of both the city and the team say the stadium, which was opened in 1996, needs improvements to its infrastructure, including the roof. Just as important, the structure’s amenities, such as its suites, covered picnic areas, seating, concession stands, and restrooms, need to be upgraded to enhance fans’ experience.

Tom Dickson, who owns the Lugnuts, is working with developer Pat Gillespie on the apartments, which would be managed by Gillespie’s group. Gillespie is also developing the Stadium District, a mixed-use project located across the street from the stadium, with the idea of drawing more people to the stadium area.

The Lugnuts could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents explaining the project and describing the units that will be available for rent.