Mayor Schor answers on Lansing City Market

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Thursday night, Lansing Mayor, Andy Schor, listened to the public's ideas about plans for the Lansing City Market. Many of whom were upset about the demise of the market.

But there were plenty of good ideas about how to attract more vendors and farmers to the market and create a place for locals to buy local.

Many didn't like the limited parking around the market and others thought it wasn't properly managed.

Mayor Schor told everyone he would take into consideration everything that he heard and get an answer to the people soon.

That answer came very soon.

Friday morning the mayor released a statement announcing plans to withdraw the proposal on the table to have the option to sell the property where the market is located.

"At this time, I am withdrawing the proposal to Lansing City Council to have the option to sell the property where the Lansing City Market building is located," he said. "We must reactivate this property while first trying to remain in control of the land and building, which we can do through leasing this space or having the City control and direct the reactivation of this space."

He started the statement by reiterating that the City Market property is an important space in Lansing, especially on the riverfront. He also explained why he proposed the option to sell in the first place. "With the removal of the taxpayer subsidy and its upcoming closure, we need to do everything we can to ensure that this space is not vacant for long, and is activated for the future. That is why I previously said that we need to have all options on the table."

That original thought generated a lot of conversation and back and forth with the Mayor's office and the people of Lansing. He was able to listen to what his constituents wanted in public forums, online, from emails and social media. Through it all he learned that there is a passion for the Lansing riverfront and City Market.

He said his priority will be for the city to maintain control of the property. "If we are going to have a restaurant or bar, attract retail, try again for a grocery market, create an entertainment venue, or use it for any number of the other ideas that have been presented to me, then the City must remain in control of the space," Schor said. "Sale of the market building is not optimal because the City and its residents would lose control for any future use."

His goal is to lease the space or have the city control and direct the reactivation of the space. He also wants developed proposals from the community that can be seriously considered.
Priority consideration will be given to those proposals and developed ideas that ensure:
1. Reactivation of this important space on our riverfront
2. Sustainability of the entity or entities using the building
3. Financing of the entities using property without taxpayer subsidy

The property will not be on the books of the Lansing entertainment properties that Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA) manages since it will no longer be subsidized by the taxpayers.

To be clear, he wanted to remind the community that he is referring to the property, "This conversation we are having is about the actual Lansing City Market building and land beneath it. We are not talking about the path next to the water and below the steps of the market building."

Mayor Schor is looking forward to the next step's in this process and reviewing proposals for the project.

A map of the area in question is attached.

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