New mixed-use development breaks ground in Lansing

November 15, 2013 by  

The Gillespie Group has broken ground for its Midtown project, a mixed-use development that will house 66 upscale apartments. Other features will include a branch of PNC Bank, which will have an 1,800 square foot space, and a drive-through facility. The project is expected to cost $6.8m and is located on East Michigan Avenue in Lansing, the site of a former nightclub that closed in 2009.

Gillespie CEO Pat Gillespie said his company is concentrating on the key Michigan Avenue corridor, with Midtown being an example of it commitment to this particular area of the city. He believes that the area needs attractive housing for young professionals, as well as international and graduate students studying at Michigan State.

As a nod to the international character of the university, Midtown’s logo incorporates the Chinese character for hope, which developers hope will encourage members of the community to engage the international students in a discussion about the future of Michigan for all who live or study there.

Virg Bernero, the Mayor of Lansing, was on hand for the groundbreaking, and said he was excited to see this development, which connects Michigan State to the state capital. Midtown is a public-private partnership, which Bernero sees as the most practical and economical way forward for both Lansing and Michigan.

City officials and the developers could think about working with brochure printers to create a mailer targeted to potential residents, describing Midtown’s amenities and why they should consider living there.