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Surprised not to have found an Old Town thread. Maybe it's buried deeper and I didn't see it. In any case, the long-stalled Saboury development on Washington along the western edge of Old Town is back on.
LANSING — A stalled $4.2 million development in Old Town is moving forward.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who leaves office Monday, signed an agreement Saturday that will let a mixed-use development proceed. The project will turn the abandoned building at 1115 N. Washington into 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 23 residential units on the second and third floors, according to a news release.
The project will be developed by Sam Saboury, an East Lansing developer who previously renovated Old Town’s Walker Building, according to the release.
This is the one that the council rejected a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) a few years ago, which ended up with the developer and the mayor suing council in federal court. It was a mess, to say the least. I imagine what ended up happening is that Saboury chose not to do a PILOT since it appears council wasn't involved in this agreement. Here's a rendering from the 2013 announcement of the project. As you can see, they are going to more than double the size of the existing building.
BTW, the Walker Building Saboury renovated is just north of here at the southwest corner of Grand River and Washington. He did a good job on that renovation, so I expect the same out of this one.