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LANSING - The Eckert Power Plant — arguably the capital city's most iconic building, besides the Capitol itself — could get repurposed by a developer into one of the most dynamic, one-of-a-kind mixed-use projects in the state.
Board of Water & Light officials told the Lansing State Journal this week that the coal-burning Eckert Power Plant — known for its triple smokestacks nicknamed Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod — could be revitalized after it goes offline, which is expected to happen by 2020.
"We've believe it's more valuable standing to a developer," said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley, who has nearly 40 years of experience with the city-owned utility. "Even the stacks could play a part of that."
Peffley said he's already received interest from Bob Trezise, the Lansing's Economic Area Partnership's president and CEO, about forming a plan to market the property. Peffley went as far Tuesday night as to say Trezise is "drooling" to market the facility, which sits on the banks of the Grand River.