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Recycling a former home of Lansing's auto industry

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(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
Economic development leaders hope to turn this playground for bikers in Lansing Township back into a home for automotive manufacturing

 Lansing area business and civic leaders say they are going to work together to market hundreds of acres of vacant industrial land.

The capital city region has more than 400 acres of land left vacant by cuts in the auto industry.

Bob Trezise is the president of the Lansing Area Economic Partnership.  He says in the past the different local governments tried to develop the old industrial land separately..

"That doesn’t mean that anyone was doing anything wrong.   Or even being necessarily critical," Trezise says, "But the fact is we were not working and efficiently together.”  

Trezise believes the growing auto industry may be interested in expanding manufacturing in the region.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.