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First new hotel in decades opens in downtown Lansing

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 8:21 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2021 at 9:50 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The downtown Stadium District could see a boom in activity very soon. The first hotel to be built in downtown Lansing in more than three decades is now open.

Courtyard by Marriott is part of the Block600 complex and will be the first full-service hotel to open downtown since 1986.

Adrian Joseph, the co-owner of Goodfellas Bagel Deli across the street from the new Courtyard by Mariott, thinks the new hotel is going to bring his bagel joint lox and lox of business.

“You’re going to plant a bunch of people here that are one-time visitors, one night--- so in the morning what are they gonna do? They’re gonna eat. What they gonna eat? They’re gonna eat bagels,” Joseph says with a grin behind his mask.

He’s not the only downtown business owner that’s looking at the hotel’s opening with the glass half full.

Next door to Goodfellas is Capital City Homebrew Supply. Owner Todd Branstner thinks this is going to brew a positive future for him too.

“I was kind of intrigued {by the hotel} because it’s a big thing to happen, obviously it’s going to bring a lot of people to the area,” Branstner said. “It was an underutilized piece of downtown. It was ripe for the pickings, basically.”

Branstner’s shop has been in its current location for about three years, while Goodfellas has been open for one year. Neither of the owners knew about the development before they moved in, and both say they’ve already seen a boost in business, mostly from the hotel construction workers and people shopping at the Captial City Market. The grocery store opened in October.

Developer Pat Gillespie thinks this is just what the area needed.

“Downtown Lansing is known for being open from nine to five,” Gillespie says. “But hotels--- often times people check in on weekends evenings, so they’ll have more hustle and bustle 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the entire year.”

The Courtyard by Marriott will start hosting guests for overnight stays on Friday. The $40 million property can house 122 people.

“I think that adds a whole different element of energy to the Stadium District,” says Gillespie.

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