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Final agreement reached on Knapp's renovation

By Kevin Lavery, WKAR News

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Lansing, MI – City officials and developers have reached a final agreement on a plan to restore a beloved Lansing landmark.

The Knapp's Center was built in 1937 and served as a department store for 43 years. It's been vacant since 2002. Now, through a mix of state and federal incentives, the development firm Eyde Company will build retail and restaurant space, offices and apartments. The historic building will also house the Lansing Economic Development Corporation's new business incubator.

"I remember this building as being special when I was a kid growing up in Lansing; and a lot of people just loved the building," says LEDC president and CEO Karl Dorshimer. "We're going to save this building, and not only save it, but make it even better than it was before."

The $20 million dollar construction project now awaits final approval from the Lansing City Council. That's expected within the next month.

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