Lansing riverfront could have more changes coming near Rotary Park

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The Lansing riverfront could have more changes coming, specifically near the new Rotary Park.

A court decision on a bar that's in the former City Market could open up opportunities in that growing space.

The Michigan Supreme Court has denied an appeal made by Waterfront Bar and Grill to open in the City Market.

The bar is the only business left in the city that is owned by the public. The city of Lansing wants to close the market for good and bring new businesses to the area.

"As part of a much bigger plan, Lansing is working to redevelop the property to coincide with the resurgence of the riverfront area along the Lansing River Trail," said Scott Keith, president and CEO of LEPFA. "Through this decision, we have the opportunity to move forward and put these important projects in motion for the region. We understand some of our residents have strong ties to the former Lansing City Market, but we fully believe that the site has much greater potential going forward to have a wider appeal for public use."

Specific plans for the building have not yet been made available to the public, but the Lansing City Council cut subsidies last year and council members have indicated that they are not inclined to continue funding for the building due to its ideal location along the riverfront, according to a press release.

"We have had so much excitement along Lansing's riverfront with the recent opening of Rotary Park," said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. "While we continue to work to activate the riverfront, it is important that the space where the city market currently sits is also used to its fullest potential. With this court decision made, we can now start to plan for the future of this area and continue to move Lansing forward together."

In May of last year, the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority tried to evict the bar based on past lease violations, but the bar owners sued.

With the recent supreme court appeal ruling, Waterfront bar and Grill now has 30 days to file a motion or be forced to move out of the property.

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