By Kelsie Patrick
LANSING TOWNSHIP—The board of trustees on Sept. 23 approved a new type of liquor license for the planned Hyatt Place hotel in Eastwood Towne Center.
The Hyatt Place hotel is requesting to have a resort liquor license. State law used to require all businesses to have a background check before being approved for a liquor license. According to the resort liquor license, businesses are not required by law to have a criminal background check of any sort in order to receive a liquor license.
“Just following review, we know these are things that we need to talk about and resolve”, said board member John Broughton on the issue.
“The Heights”, which is the name of this soon to come business venture is strategically located in the geographic center of the Lansing tri-county region. The Heights will provide 125,000 new square feet of retail space, 125 luxury apartments with first floor commercial space, 125 room Hyatt Place, 119 room Fairfield Inn, and 116 room Homewood suites.
“This is the first time you all have seen an application for a new license like this and it matches what the state did. Background checks are no longer needed for approval in the liquor control act. Do we adopt this new resolution?” said Director of Planning and Development, Steve Hayward.
Board member Deontrae Hayes made the motion to approve the resort liquor license for Hyatt Place Lansing. The rest of the board voted and the motion was unanimously approved.