Lansing Mayor gives State of the City Address, acknowledges success and upcoming Red Cedar Renaissance project

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In his State of the City address, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero focused on current success in the auto industry, acknowledged problems with the ice storm response and touted the future launch of the Red Cedar Renaissance project.

Bernero delivered his speech Jan. 30 at Grand River General Motors Plant as a way of emphasizing the resurgence of the auto industry.

“I am pleased to report the state of our city is strong, and getting stronger,” Bernero said in his speech.

Bernero also noted the city has climbed out of deficit.

Bernero said the past six weeks have been challenging for Lansing.

“The Lansing Board of Water and Light did not stand up to our expectations,” he said in his speech. “Multiple reviews are under way. We’re also reviewing our own performance at the city of Lansing.”

“We have even more exciting projects in the pipeline, perhaps none more so than the Red Cedar Renaissance,” he said during his speech.

Director of Business Development Steve Willobee at Lansing Economic Area Partnership said the project is still in its planning process and said it is tough to estimate how long the project with take. Willobee said they are looking to begin the project as soon as possible and could cost more than $150 million depending on the plan.

“I think it will be great for both Lansing and MSU,” oldmunicipalgolfcourse oldmunicipalgolfcourse1resident Katharine Armstrong said. “Once it gets started, I think it will be a great addition along Michigan Avenue.”

She said if the project continues as planned, she thinks the green space would brighten the area, but also said she knows there have been flooding issues in the old golf course in the past.

Willobee said LEAP is working with engineers and Pat Lindemann, the Ingham County Drain Commissioner, to resolve flooding issues.

“We’re taking all factors into account when planning this project,” he said.

Bernero said this project would incorporate business partnerships to bring back the Red Cedar Golf Course and reinvent the Michigan Avenue corridor for a long time.

“We have a world class redevelopment project that reconnects Lansing, East Lansing and East Lansing Township,” Willobee said.

“We are putting Lansing on the map, on a world stage,” Bernero said in his speech. “Lansing cannot wait. Our time is now.”

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