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Outfield Project Brings Stadium Upgrades, Downtown Living

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March 12, 2014

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Outfield Project Brings Stadium Upgrades, Downtown Living

Mayor Calls Initiative a Home Run for Lansing

LANSING, MI Take me out to the ballgame takes on a whole new meaning with today’s announcement of a mixed-use project located just north of Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team.

City leaders heralded the collaborative venture for its many positive features for downtown, including ballpark renovations, new jobs and tax revenue, placemaking to attract families and retain talent, and clean- up near the river.

“When we brought the Lugnuts to Lansing in 1996, we felt the start of something good happening in downtown,” said Tom Dickson, owner of the Lansing Lugnuts. “Energy begets more energy, Lansing is amazing now, and by adding a private development to a totally renovated baseball stadium, we will continue to drive new families, new fun and new revenue into the city of Lansing.

“There are so many fun, new features to be added to the stadium, including a wonderful kids play area, refreshed group picnic venues, and a walk-around concourse.  Additionally, the Lugnuts are paying for a state-of-the-art HD scoreboard as part of the renovations.”         

In addition to the ballpark renovations, the project includes the Outfield, a mixed-use building with more than 80 upscale residential units and a year-round restaurant adding approximately 75 jobs.”

“This is a home run for the city,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “Fundamentally, this private/public project gives the city more for less … more stadium renovations, more private development, more for families … all to the city and all for approximately the same net amount of the money the city currently spends on the nearly 20-year-old stadium. 

Pending Lansing City Council, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (LBRA) approval, construction will begin this year with completion expected by Opening Day 2016. Most of the stadium improvements should be completed in 2015. It is critical, for construction timeline purposes, that all approvals are completed by May 1, 2014.

“Today, Lansing once again rises on a national stage to announce what will be one of the country’s top economic development and placemaking projects,” said Bob Trezise, LEAP president and CEO. “This is a tremendous financial deal for the city and helps with our placemaking and talent/family attraction efforts for the whole Lansing region.”

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The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit www.purelansing.com.

 


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