On Wednesday night, four development firms presented their plans to transform the current space occupying Lansing city hall across the street from Michigan's State Capitol.
Each company was given 45 minutes to present its proposal to the public. Lansing mayor Virg Bernero said the city's internal review team is analyzing each proposal submitted. A final recommendation will be made to the mayor at the end of the month.
Beitler Real Estate Services
This Chicago based firm proposes to renovate the existing structure and make it a brand name hotel.
The top floor of the shortest building would become a "boutique specialty restaurant."
Beitler said its plan will not require state or city financial assistance or tax incremental financing also known as TIF.
Paul Beitler, the President of the firm, graduated from Michigan State University. In his cover letter to the city, he said Beitler is redeveloping a similar building in Madison, Wisconsin.
The company based in Lansing proposes to level the current city hall building with a 13-story mixed use property.
The 11th and 12th floor floors would house 28 residential units. 192 hotel guest rooms would be located underneath the top floors. The hotel lobby would be on the fourth floor. Floors 1-3 would contain 115 parking spaces. Retail shops would also line the first floor.
Boji also proposes relocation of Lansing city hall, police headquarters and city courts to the former Davenport University location on Grand Avenue between Lenawee and Kalamazoo Streets. Boji Group owns that property currently.
Karp And Associates
The Lansing based company would redevelop the current city hall structure and add a tower.
In its place would be a mixed use building that includes a 151 guest room hotel, 41 residential units and 30,718 square feet of office space. Karp's plans also call for 2600 square feet of retail space and 59 parking spots.
It proposes building a new city hall in a block bound by Capitol Avenue, South Washington, West St. Joseph and Hillsdale Streets.
This Okemos based firm would turn the existing city hall into a Westin hotel. There would also be space for a restaurant, spa, fitness, conference and meeting space.
Urban Systems proposes to move city hall to the former Lake Trust Credit Union headquarters at 501 South Capitol Avenue. Half of the site would contain the city hall. The other half 180 apartment units and a grocery store.