My interest in urban issues actually started out as an interest in skyscrapers, so I'd always asked "what if" about Lansing's next tallest building. As you all know, the Olds Tower (now the Boji Tower) has dominated the Lansing skyline for over 80 years at a rather stumpy height of 297 feet to the roof and 23 floors. Thanks to its thin profile, soaring antenna tower, and its location on a slight rise in elevation, downtown, it looks signifanctly taller and it's why for years it was always credited with being taller than it was.
Anyway, whenever the city does get it's next tallest, how tall do you think it should be? What should it look like? What should be its use? Where do you think it should rise in the city?
Given that metros this size usually have taller towers, I imagine something approximately 38 floors and 450 feet in height. I'd locate it in the empty lot in front of Constitution Hall directly southwest of the capitol building, so that it wouldn't be blocked in the skyline from important views from the east or south. It'd be mostly office space given the perpetually low vacancy rates for Class A office space in the region, but would include a small podium of retail space given the size of that lot. I imagine something glassy and flat-topped, no spire so as not to compete with the capitol's graceful finnial; it could possibly be tiered near the top.
A new tallsest is possible, even something in the 300-foot range is. But it'd take banks willing to take a chance on providing credit and probably outside developers since we don't exactly seem to have local developers with the skill to put something like this together, anymore, for whatever reason. But, I'm getting the itch, again, to see something like this after years of content with things like a walkable and cohesive inner-city. We seem to be on that track, so now it's time to think and dream big, again.
I also want to see something on the surface parking lot at Capitol & Michigan, but something much shorter than what I proposed, something not any taller than the capitol.
Tell me your ideas for Lansing's next tallest building.