The rain didn’t stop a sizable crowd from gathering outside in downtown East Lansing today to celebrate the progress being made on the Center City project. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.
Center City project partners and dignitaries gathered Tuesday morning to speak and to sign one of the Center City’s beams before it was lifted by a crane to be added to the building’s framework.
The ceremony was kicked off by Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP, Lansing Economic Area Partnership. He noted that the 125 million dollar project will consist of two 10 and 11 story buildings, and will house one of only 35 urban Targets in the country.
“Building place equals drawing and creating talent, which definitely is a key factor in attracting new business and new investment to the state of Michigan,” Tresize said.
Representatives from Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors and the Environmental Protection Agency were in attendance, as well as Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Mayor Mark Meadows. Mayor Meadows says the project will be transformational for East Lansing.
“It creates a second downtown for us, you know it’s not just Grand River, and the retail that’s on Grand River, it’s going to be the retail on Albert Street- the street we’ve always thought of as we would like to have that as our second main street.”
Mayor Meadows says the Target will come in about a year from now, and the entire project is expected to be completed in 2020.