Plans would replace City Hall with hotels, apartments, restaurants and retail
Lansing State Journal
September, 14, 2017
Whether it’s a boutique hotel or a Hilton, another hotel is headed for downtown Lansing if the developers eyeing Lansing’s City Hall get their way.
Four developers publicly unveiled proposals for redeveloping the site across from the Capitol on Wednesday night at the Lansing Center.
They proposed spaces for apartments, spas, restaurants and retail.
Urban Systems LLC/WestPac Communities, of Okemos wants to add a 20-story building to the site. Karp and Associates LLC, of Lansing would build an additional 12-story tower on top of City Hall Plaza. Boji Group LLC, of Lansing would raze the current 9-story building and replace it with a 12-story structure. Beitler Real Estate Services LLC would simply renovate the existing building.
Each of the four plans included a hotel.
“Economically it’s huge,” Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said “Whatever the proposal, it’s going to bring new people into the downtown either to live or to visit.”
An additional hotel could bolster the Lansing Center by making the city more appealing for groups hoping to use the convention space, Bernero said.
And it would be a change. The 256-room Radisson Hotel has been the only full-service hotel downtown since 1985.
While a non-compete clause the Radisson had with the city didn’t prohibit construction of a second downtown hotel, it did limit the assistance the city could give a developer. The agreement between the city and Radisson is expected to end on Jan. 31, 2018.
A city internal review team will make a final recommendation to Mayor Bernero by the end of September. Commercial real estate firm CBRE|Martin and an outside review panel including finance, law, real estate, economic development and construction management experts are helping the team.
The members of the outside panel were asked to voluntarily disclose any business relationships with any of the developers who submitted proposals, Randy Hannan, Bernero’s executive assistant, said in a Wednesday night email.
The city expects to help offset the costs of a new City Hall with the $4.2 million sale price for the old building.
Here are details of the proposals:
Beitler Real Estate Services LLC
Beitler real estate’s plan would renovate the current building and turn it into a Hilton Hotel. Parts of the building’s exterior would be replaced with ceiling-to-floor glass. A plaza on the top of the building would offer views of the Capitol. The plans also include space for a cafe and retail stores. The hotel would open on the site in November 2019.
Karp and Associates LLC, of Lansing.
Karp and Associates’ proposed renovating the existing structure and building a new 12-story tower on the City Hall Plaza. The plans for the space include a 151-room boutique hotel with 7,800 square feet of event space. Presenters emphasized that the hotel would offer a “more special and specific” feel than a branded hotel.
The proposal also included nearly 31,000 square feet of office space and 41 high-end luxury apartments.
Boji Group LLC, of Lansing
Boji Group’s plan was the only one that would involve an entire demolition of the City Hall building. The proposal involved constructing a 12-story building that would feature 10,000 square feet of retail space on the main level.
The plan also includes a 192-room Delta by Marriott hotel and 28-residential units. A rooftop restaurant would overlook the Capitol building. The building will have brick, glass, stone and metal finishes.
Urban Systems LLC/WestPac Communities
The final City Hall proposal from Urban Systems would involve redeveloping the current building and constructing a 20-story building on the site. The proposal would renovate the existing lobby of City Hall and would include a 206-room Westin Hotel.
The proposal also includes art exhibition space, 31 apartments, a spa and restaurant space.