Council Okays Church in Old Town

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The Lansing City Council says yes to putting a church in an abandoned restaurant in Old Town.

Monday night, council granted special land use to the Christian Family Fellowship. They want to move into the Alamo building which was formerly Ramone's Restaurant.

Old Town's Commercial Association is worried about the group moving in because it would take over prime commercial and historical property.

The Mayor's Office is concerned about the historic angle as well and a spokesperson for Mayor Benavides says he will continue to suggest the church moves to another area of Old Town or at least move a historic mural housed inside the building.

We tried to contact the person in charge of the church, but our calls were not returned.

This is not the first special land use approved in Old Town. A few months ago, council green-lighted a church being built on Turner Street.