Demolition continues downtown revitalization

Published: Apr. 9, 2019 at 4:07 PM EDT
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Demolition work is underway in downtown Lansing.

Crews are clearing the way for a development that will include the area's first grocery store.

It's going to be called the "600 Block" when it's all finished.

The block 600 project will bring the area some new housing, an urban market, and the city's first new hotel in over twenty years.

The city began the project with the demolition of the space that used to be Brogan’s Tire and Auto Service.

Mayor Andy Schor says the site will anchor the new look of downtown Lansing.

"A grocery store is the one thing that I heard over and over again," he said. "'Downtown is great, stadium district is great, we want to live downtown, and we need a walkable community and a grocery store.’ It's going to be hugely important and transformational for this area."

"Because of the grocery store and the hotel bringing so many people down here, we really think this will be an impetus for a lot more development around it up and down Michigan Avenue," said Gillespie Group President Pat Gillespie. "We really think this is a tipping point."

The Block 600 Project is on time so far.

It should be finished in September of 2020.