Red Cedar redevelopment project breaks ground

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The Red Cedar development project has officially broke ground on Thursday, Oct. 10, kicking off the infrastructure phase of construction on the $275-million mixed-used redevelopment.

The Red Cedar development project has officially broke ground on Thursday, Oct. 10, kicking off the infrastructure phase of construction on the $275-million mixed-used redevelopment. (Source WILX)

The redevelopment project includes two hotels, retail space, a river-walk, at least 150 market-rate apartments and 1,100 beds of student housing.

The sprawling project is at the site of the former Red Cedar golf course, near the border of Lansing and East Lansing.

The groundbreaking came after seven years and seven amendments with multiple town hall meetings and public hearings throughout the summer discussing the project and the sale of the property.

“I am excited that we are taking the next step toward making this development a reality by officially breaking ground,” Mayor Andy Schor said. “The economic development associated with the Red Cedar project will be a tremendous addition to the work being done on Michigan Avenue.”

Schor also praised the economic impact as the development will create nearly 400 jobs, along with what else it will bring to the area.

"Well in Lansing, we are always looking for growth. We always want to grow in the city. We want to show excitement, vibrancy, we want to have the housing, we want to have the mixed use, the hotels, the restaurants, the vitality in Lansing that we need," Schor said.

In September, the City of Lansing waived a noise ordinance so construction could work more hours and finish the project at their targeted goal, fall of 2020.

The waiver allows crews to work from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The same applies for holidays, unless the holiday falls on a Sunday when construction can go from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If the developer determines they need to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they will have to come back to the city council to get permission.

Continental/Ferguson Lansing is purchasing the property from the City of Lansing for $2.2million which covers over 55 acres of land located within the Montgomery Drain District.

They are praising the project saying that it will launch nearly 400 jobs.

At the groundbreaking the city said that 20-25% of the Montgomery Drain costs will be paid for by this development.

It is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

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