Farnum Building Redevelopment
Thought I'd give this one its own thread. The state is going to take another crack at selling off the Farnum Building, the former home of the offices of the State Senate, at the southeast corner of Capitol and Allegan.
LANSING — For the second time in a year, a downtown building across from the Capitol Building is up for grabs.
The state is asking for proposals from developers for the Farnum Building, the former home of the Michigan Senate.
Early last year, the Senate moved into the nearby Capitol View building at 201 Townsend St. The move sparked controversy since Capitol View is owned by the Boji family, who are generous donors to Republican candidates. The Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder ultimately green-lighted the sale of the Farnum Building last summer.
The approximately 95,000 square foot building comes with a small, 23-spot lot on the south side of it and was valued at $5.6 million in 2014. Submissions for the RFP are due May 15th, and an announcement will be held on June 1. Bob Trezise is pushing this as a possible hotel, and then they bring up the city hall proposal, too. Though, this one would be far easier and make far more sense.