By Gabriella Galloway
Entirely East Lansing
The Bailey Community Center Building will be renovated to offer affordable senior living, commercial and community space, along with a child care facility.
This $8.6 million redevelopment was proposed by the Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP). CAHP is partnered with PK Development Group for the Bailey project.
CAHP is a non profit Community Housing Development Corporation whose goal is to provide affordable housing. The PK Development Group is a company that helps people find affordable housing in their area.
According to the City of East Lansing website, renovations will be funded with proceeds from housing tax credit equity, conventional first mortgage rent debt, small loans, developer equity and historic preservation tax credit equity.
Currently there are two wings within the Bailey Center, the old wing and the new wing. The old wing dates back to 1922 and the new wing was added in the 1950’s.
According to Jacob Horner, from the PK Development Group, the plan is to take down the new wing and reconstruct it to match the old wing.
Tim Dempsey, deputy city manager for East Lansing, said they need to renovate the new wing in order to meet standards for that historic district and so it will complement the new wing.
The top three floors are classrooms right now but soon the top two floors will be home to senior apartments. A gym, day care center and community office space will take up the first floor.
“I really think that having this whole building redeveloped and being fully utilized again will be a great benefit,” said Horner.
Members of the community, such as McKayley Gourley, are giving positive feedback about the renovation project.
“I did not know about the building but I will be living in a house on Bailey street next year and think it is great that they will be doing renovations to the community center,” said McKayley Gourley, East Lansing resident and MSU student.
According to Dempsey, the building has been vacant since the fall of 2015. The building was once used by a daycare provider and had many recreational classes including a pottery class. However, those have all been moved to the Hannah Community Center.
“The building will be very active,” said Dempsey. With all the new renovations and new use of the building, it will be preserved, said Dempsey.
Dempsey said renovations are planned to begin in the summer and should be completed by summer of 2017 if all goes according to plan.