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A blighted building in Lansing's Old Town is getting a rehab

Lansing’s historic Old Town district is getting another boost.

The shopping and dining district is just north of Lansing’s downtown.

Mayor Virg Bernero says a developer plans to spend three million dollars rehabbing and expanding an old building into new retail and residential space.

“Vibrant, thriving cities have great buildings… great places for people to live and work,” says Bernero, “and Old Town increasingly, more and more, is becoming that place.”

During the past two decades, old buildings in what used to be Lansing’s core have been rehabilitated into a mix of small shops and restaurants.  

Louise Gradwohl is with the Old Town Commercial Association. She says it’s important to preserve the neighborhood's historic buildings.

“It’s great when you find a developer and wants to do that and sees potential in a building,” says Gradwohl.

Gradwohl says the association is studying how and which historic buildings should be developed next in Lansing's Old Town.

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.
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