Greg DeRuiter | LSJ
LANSING – Two empty storefronts in the heart of downtown Lansing could be filled with new stores and apartments as early as next spring.
The developers who spearheaded renovation of the Knapp's department store at the corner of Washington Square and Washtenaw Street want to bring ground-floor retail and eight upstairs apartments to a building directly across the street.
The storefronts — 228 and 232 S. Washington Square, across Washtenaw from the new Knapp's Centre — most recently were home to a Hallmark Gold Crown gift store and Capital City Books and Magazines.
George F. Eyde Family LLC, a company owned by leaders of Meridian Township-based Eyde Co., pitched the $1.5 million project. It would total 13,500 square feet, with nearly half of it devoted to retail. Eight upstairs apartments would be offered at market rates, developer Nick Eyde said.
But Eric Arntson, a Domino's Pizza franchise owner with several stores in the Lansing area, said he is close to signing a lease for the former Capital City Books building. He said he plans to move a restaurant on Saginaw Street in Lansing, east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
It would have 29 seats for customers to dine in, as well as an opportunity to watch pizzas being made, he said.