A 100-year-old industrial complex near Lansing’s REO Town could soon become a mix of apartments and offices. Lansing City Council on Oct. 8 approved a brownfield tax incentive plan to reimburse the developer for environmental cleanup costs related to the site at 735 Hazel St. Project developers expect the first phase of the project to cost about $14.5 million. The incentive package would reimburse the developer about $5.8 million over 30 years for costs associated with cleaning up the property.
Malcolm X Street west of Washington Avenue was once densely populated with English Tudors and mansions of the Lansing elite. Now only two remain: The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame and The Scott House and Sunken Garden. However, the Board of Water and Light is trying to replace the Scott House and Sunken Garden with a new substation, much to the chagrin of some in Lansing like Liz Harrow. “Mainly my objection is that it feels that Lansing is giving up on its downtown, or on REO Town,” Harrow said. “They have decided that this unsightly compromise is good enough for a small city with low ambitions.”
REO TOWN, LANSING, Mich.- The community of REO Town is slated to open its first community garden in May on land leased from the Ingham County Land Bank. According to the American Community Gardening Association there are about 18,000 community gardens in the United States and Canada. The property the garden will sit on in REO Town Lansing is at 1111 and 1117 S. Grand Ave. The property is owned by the Ingham County Land Bank but is leased to the Riverview Church. The church is lending the land to the project.
This could be your last chance to buy a prom dress or tuxedo and dance until the wee hours of the morning. This is your chance to watch a pageant and a burlesque show in the same night. On March 21 from 8p.m.-2a.m. Foliage Design Systems in REO Town will host the second annual REO Town Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza! Ryan Wert, a local recording studio owner and president of the Reo Town Commercial Association, is the creator and planner of the event. He came up with the idea for the Extravaganza!
Studio [intrigue] Architects opened its doors in REO Town in 2006 and has been growing ever since. Ken Jones and Dave VanderKlok opened the business in 2003 in Okemos. The two men met while studying architecture at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. According to VanderKlok, the two had not always been friends and partners. “Ken lived across the hall from me in student housing,” he said.
LANSING- REACH Studio Art Center, located in REO TOWN, is a non-profit community art center with programs for adults and children as young as two. Program Director, Joy Baldwin, said, “We try to make REACH a safe, positive place for kids to go.” REACH is also a place where kids can heal Colby Castillo, a 13-year-old sci-fi makeup artist, “When I got into a car accident and broke my back all I had was art.” “I can be open with anyone here, and they don’t care!” said Castillo
According to Baldwin, the teen program at REACH allows students to make art on a competitive, professional level.