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Thanks for this one. I was kind of worrying that this wasn't going to happen as I'd seen so little progress on the site. In fact, last time I was down there the buildings were still up and nothing had changed. But I'm not over there that often, anymore. The developer's website also has a Lansing location on their project map, but no actual page for the project. I'd also been checking Wieland's social media, and never saw a mention of this one. So I'm glad to hear this is happening.
Well, well, well. And just like that, building permits pop up on the property look-up tool on the city website. Four different building permits - I assume one for each building - were filed on the Monday, and a demolition permit was filed Wednesday!
Looks like E.T. Mackenzie Co. out of Grand Ledge is doing the demolition.
I was also out to the PO and noticed the work going on. To me this project symbolizes what happened in the past, people leaving, the recession businesses going down, a huge motel like this left to become an eyesore, now being transformed into new Lansing. Lansing today is a growing city with new hotels and housing, new businesses opening. When this project and the new hospital go up the southern gateway to Lansing is going to be impressive.
A site plan(ish) is back on page one. I'm not sure where the octagon is on the site, so I couldn't tell you, but I don't see one in the site plan.
That was the only "cool part" of the motel and helped create a higher class looking motel. My little brother Sexton Class of '75 had his graduation party there. The Atrium had the front desk and small rental function rooms along the back of and down some stairs from the desk space. I do not remember where the pool was but it was not inside of the octagon-shaped structure. The building is a nice architectural feature, it will be interesting to see if they repropose it. It could still be standing because it may be a more difficult section to tear down?
On my drive, I noticed the [one of the?] elevator structure had been built and also that this is a huge site. I hope they do it well.
I believe this is tweet shows one of the buildings: